Lomachenko: I’m 100 percent healthy, taking Crolla seriously

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Vasiliy Lomachenko may not have gotten the fight he wanted, but that doesn’t mean he’s looking past Anthony Crolla.

Tomorrow night’s ESPN+ main event between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Anthony Crolla is seen as a mismatch on paper. Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KO) is as much as a 100-to-1 favorite against mandatory challenger Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KO), and he’s basically admitted that this isn’t the fight he wanted.

But Lomachenko, who has two titles to defend and a division he hopes to fully unify, says that doesn’t mean he lacks motivation for this fight.

“For me, the motivation is in my goal, my dream,” he said after Thursday’s weigh-in. “I want to unify all titles. That’s why I prepare very hard and very seriously for all my opponents. He’s the mandatory. That’s why I prepare very seriously.”

Lomachenko was asked about his shoulder, which was torn in 2018 and required surgery.

“I’m healthy, 100 percent,” he said. “Tomorrow, I will try and show all my skill and try and show my best style.”

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