WBO and WBA lightweight world champion Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko and WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez were at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, California on Monday for a media workout as they plan for their own fights, April 12 at Staples Center.
Lomachenko will defend his world titles in the main event against the hard-charging Anthony “Million Dollar’ Crolla, while Ramirez will challenge in the light heavyweight division versus veteran Tommy Karpency in the co-main event.
Lomachenko–Crolla and Ramirez-Karpency will stream April 12 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on ESPN+.
When asked by the media about his opponent Crolla, Lomachenko stated: “I prepare like always. We are training hard. I’ve been training for a couple months already and will put on a great performance for my fans in Los Angeles and on ESPN+. I will show everyone my best style and hope everyone enjoys it.”
He also mentioned moving back down in weight to capture more titles stating:
“Right now, I am a lightweight, but lightweight is not my ideal weight category. My goal now is to unify all four titles, and then, we’ll see. Maybe I’ll move back down to 130 pounds and win world titles there for a second time.”
It will be interesting to see the path Lomachenko (12-1,9 KOs) takes after this bout with Crolla, if he does move down in weight.
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Gilberto Ramirez (39-0,25 KOs) when asked by the media, said the following:
“I made history when I became the first super middleweight champion in the history of Mexican boxing, and now I’m moving up to the 175-pound division to continue making history.”
“I want to face the best fighters and clean out the division. I want all the titles. I want to be one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. I’m ready to prove I’m an elite fighter.”