WBA, WBO lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko admits that he was a bit overwhelmed by the show of support from the British fans, who came out to watch the boxer show his stuff at the open workouts on Wednesday.
The vacant WBC title is also up for grabs, when Lomachenko faces Luke Campbell at the O2 Arena in London, on Saturday night.
Lomachenko is the away fighter, but the British fans treated the two-time Olympic gold medal winner like a countryman.
Lomachenko explained that he received a similar reception from when he won Olympic gold in the 2012 London games. Camobell won Olympic gold at the same event, in a different weight class.
“Thank you guys, I can’t believe it. It’s a pleasure. It was the same situation with fans last time I was here, in the amateurs,” Lomachenko told Sky Sports.
“I have to train, I don’t have the time to see the city. After the win I want to see London. My preparation was good, I am ready 100 percent, see you Saturday night. Of course I have a little bit of nerves, it’s good for humans. I give you the prediction, you will see a very good, interesting fight.”
Lomachenko is a huge favorite to win the contest and he personally pursued the opportunity to fight in the UK, after watching close friend Oleksandr Usyk scored a knockout over Tony Bellew in November 2018 in Manchester.
Campbell has been oozing with confidence all week, advising everyone that he plans to shock the world on fight night.
“I’m feeling great at the minute,” Campbell said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me. I’ve got the best team around me and we’re all confident.
“It doesn’t matter how I do it, I get the win.”