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Vasyl Lomachenko wants to unify the lightweight division before moving down to 130-pounds

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Vasyl Lomachenko 12-1 (9) says he wants to unify all four major titles at lightweight before moving back down to the 130-pound division.

The 31-year-old Ukrainian southpaw, who holds the WBA and WBO 135-pound titles, would need to defeat WBC boss Mikey Garcia and IBF kingpin Richard Commey for a full sweep of the weight class.

“Right now, I am a lightweight, but lightweight is not my ideal weight category,” Lomachenko said.

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“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.”

But first Lomachenko will have to get past former titleholder Anthony Crolla 34-6-3 (13) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on April 12.

“I don’t know too much about him. But I know him from his two fights with Jorge Linares. I do know he is an aggressive fighter. I like to fight guys who come forward,” Lomachenko said.

“I’ll prepare like always. We are training hard. I will put on a great performance for my fans in Los Angeles and on ESPN+. I’ll show everyone my best style and hope everyone enjoys it.

“I want to fight the best. But now, Crolla is the best choice. He is the mandatory challenger and wanted to fight me. That is why I accepted this fight.”

Lomachenko refused to speculate on how the fight would play out.

“I don’t know. I can’t see in the future. It depends on how he fights. We’ll see,” he said.

There has been talk of matching Lomachenko with rising star and Top Rank stablemate Teofimo Lopez, a fight Lomachenko said he is open too – once he has unified the division.

“I’m ready for everyone. I need all the belts,” he said. “If you have a belt, you can come in the ring and I’ll fight with you.”

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