Lo­machenko ready for uni­fi­ca­tion bout, not in­ter­ested in Pac­quiao

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK, Dec 8, 2018 ( AFP) - Three- di­vi­sion world cham­pion Vasiliy Lo­machenko is ea­ger to notch an­other ca­reer first on Satur­day as he at­tempts to unify two belts when he fights Jose Pe­draza.

"It's the next step for my dream," said Lo­machenko, the World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion light­weight world cham­pion who brings a record of 11- 1 with nine knock­outs to the bout against Puerto Rico's World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion champ Pe­draza.

"It's the next step for my goal, and af­ter this fight I think my dreams come a lit­tle bit closer to me."

Lo­machenko weighed in on Fri­day at 134.4 pounds (60.96 kg) and Pe­draza at 134.2.

A vic­tory could put Lo­machenko on a path to a 135pound clash with un­beaten Mikey Gar­cia.

One thing the Ukrainian isn't con­tem­plat­ing is a meet­ing -- at any weight -- with Filipino great Manny Pac­quiao.

"There are a lot of good fight­ers to fight who are com­pa­ra­ble to me," Lo­machenko told re­porters in New York on Thurs­day. "I'm not dis­re­spect­ing Pac­quiao. He's old. I think his ca­reer is done. I don't want to be­come a leg­end in box­ing be­cause of him."

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