Vasiliy Lomachenko admits that an easy unification battle against Teofimo Lopez...

It’s officially fight week. Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) returns to the ring for the division within the “bubble” on Saturday in a grudge game with undefeated IBF lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez Jr. (15-0, 12 KOs) Unify the MGM Great in Las Vegas.

Lomachenko and Lopez have been exchanging verbal barbs since the announcement of the fight that could have the potential of a 2020 coronavirus hit, and the American called the Ukrainian almost two years earlier.

Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko has not fought since his unanimous decision over Briton Luke Campbell in August 2019. However, when the last wave of media commitments began on Monday, the 32-year-old denied suggestions that there could be ring rust.

“I do not believe that. I feel great. I can’t wait for Saturday night, ”Vasyl Lomachenko told FightNews. “I have a goal, I have a dream and he holds the IBF title. I need this belt. Saturday I’ll take his belt.

“We’ll see what he’s got, we always come prepared. He has a good punch, speed and IQ. He is young and hungry. We will see.”

Of course, the topic was brought up by Lopez’s longstanding trash talk.

“I’ve heard this from a lot of boxers, that they’re going to hit me or take me out,” Lomachenko continued. “In the ring, they forget their words and promises.

“For me it’s just trash talk. We’ll see what happens in the ring.

“When I became a professional fighter. I just wanted to fight the best fighters.

“I can’t compare this fight to a fight I’ve had. He’s a tough fighter. It won’t be an easy fight. We will see.

“At the moment I have a top fighter in front of me. I want to improve and do this for my heritage. ”

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