Vasiliy Lomachenko is seeking a second chance at life in the fight against Devin Haney where he will seek the lightweight world championship titles that were once his, which he lost in the fight with Teófimo López.
“What happened in my life was that I lost those three belts, and I lost that fight (against Teófimo López )” reflects Lomachenko in the first chapter of the documentary series Blood Sweat & Tears. “But I won something much bigger than those three belts. For me it was something very, very good, and today I understand it.”
The Ukrainian thinks that life is offering him a second chance in the wake of the changes he brought in himself.
“Now I begin to live a second life as a different man,” Lomachenko went on. “Before, I was a man who wanted to conquer the world. Inside, my ego was very big. Many people didn’t see this, but after my defeat, I saw myself. And I started to change after that moment. Maybe it wasn’t my time.”
Lomachenko admits that after his defeat against Teófimo López, he thought about going down in division, but at the end, he preferred not to.
“After the loss with Lopez, I could have gone down the division, but I can’t,” Lomachenko added. “I lost at lightweight, and I have to go lightweight to resume my dream. It could have gone down, but to me that’s being weak.I still have my speed, my punch, my condition. I feel very close to this goal. And now I have a second chance to pursue this goal as a different man.”
Lomachenko and Haney will lock horns this 20th May at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with Haney’s undisputed lightweight crown at stake.