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THE WBA & WBO WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT TITLES

Vasyl Lomachenko returns to BoxNation in the UK and Ireland on Saturday 8th December when he bids to unify World Titles for the first time. The brilliant WBA Lightweight and Ring Magazine Champion clashes with Puerto Rican WBO titlist Jose Pedraza in New York at Madison Square Garden Theater. Despite having only had 12 professional contests, he is pound-for-pound king for many observers and he could become the greatest boxer of all time given his amazing talent.

"I am ready to fight an excellent opponent like Jose Pedraza," Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) said. "My goal has always been to unify the titles, and Pedraza is standing in my way. "There is something special about fighting in New York City and at Madison Square Garden. The fans in New York City are true boxing fans, and I can’t wait to put on another spectacular performance for them." Pedraza (25-1, 12 KOs) is a former IBF World Super-Featherweight Champion, but lost that belt in his third defence against Gervonta Davis in January 2017.

He moved up to Lightweight and won the WBO 135lb live on ‘The Channel of Champions’ in August after upsetting Ray Beltran.

Pedraza, 29, said: "I am grateful to have this opportunity, since I didn't get the chance to unify titles when I was champion in the Junior-Lightweight division. "In this division, I will achieve my goal, and I will do it against one of the best boxers in the world. There will be a surprise on December 8th."

Lomachenko, 30, is widely considered to be the greatest amateur boxer in history, as he posted a 396-1 record with Olympic gold medals for his native Ukraine in 2008 and 2012. In the pro ranks, he has continued to make history. He equalled a record by winning a World Title in his third pro bout in January 2014, a clear points win against Gary Russell Jr to claim the vacant WBO Featherweight crown.

He made three defences of that title before moving up to 130 pounds. In his debut at that weight, Lomachenko knocked out Roman Martinez to claim the WBO Super-Featherweight bauble. Following the Martinez bout, Lomachenko began a streak of four consecutive opponents – Nicholas Walters, Jason Sosa, Miguel Marriaga, and Guillermo Rigondeaux – retiring on their stools, to earn the nickname 'NoMasChenko'. Lomachenko moved up in weight again to challenge WBA Champion Jorge Linares in May and overcame adversity during a Fight of the Year contender.

He suffered a tear of his right shoulder in the second round and was knocked down with a right hand in the sixth, only to come back and stop Linares with a left hand to the body in the 10th round. The Linares victory signified another milestone for Lomachenko. In becoming a three-weight World Champion in 12 professional fights, he broke the previous record set by Jeff Fenech (20 fights) in 1988.

  • Starts: 08 December 2018
  • Ends: 08 December 2018