The attention of boxing this week is the matchup of Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko taking on Luke Campbell for the WBA, WBO and WBC Lightweight titles in London, England this Saturday.
The one thing that stands out is that those that stepped inside the ring with Loma seem to be on the wrong end of the contests. In a recent interview with Sky Sports, some of his prior adversaries explained on their end what went wrong in the ring.
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Jason Sosa, who lost to Lomachenko back in 2017 told Skt Sports, “I gave him the best four rounds ever but my body fatigued. My body died. It was just too much.”
Guillermo Rigondeaux, who also suffered defeat to Lomachenko back in 2017, echoed the same sentiment as well.
“It just amazes me what this guy does to his opponents,” Rigondeaux’s promoter Dino Duva said about Lomachenko to Sky Sports. “He frustrates them with his athletic skills. He frustrates them so bad they don’t even know what to do. He didn’t even know what to do, Rigo.”
Seems to be the pattern with those in the ring against Lomachenko is that feel confident they can keep up early on, but as the rounds keep adding up, tend to breakdown mentally and physically.
No one explains that better than his latest victim to the Lomachenko onslaught in Anthony Crolla. Crolla was in action against Lomachenko and was dispatched of in four rounds back in April in what was a one-sided contest as well.
“When Lomachenko went through the gears, it was a horrible feeling because it was a bit like ‘I can’t really do anything here – I’ve got to wait for him to stop and then try and do something,'” Crolla told Sky Sports.
“It’s not that I couldn’t go with him because I hadn’t trained enough, it’s just I couldn’t live with him.”
While Campbell is sparring with three opponents at the same time in preparation for Loamachenko sounds like something out of “The Transporter” movies, I can point to three guys who wished of doing the same.