Lomachenko Considering Retirement – ‘My Career Is Almost Done’

Vasiliy Lomachenko says his career is almost over as he prepares to face George Kambosos Jr. on May 12. 

The clash takes place for the vacant IBF Lightweight Title, freed up after Devin Haney vacated and moved up to 140. Lomachenko lost out to Haney via a unanimous decision in his last fight, with many feeling he had been robbed. The defeat prevented Lomachenko from becoming the Undisputed Lightweight Champion. At 36, the chance to become undisputed looks less likely. 

The three-division champion is a heavy favorite against Kambosos, who has plenty to prove. The former Unified Lightweight Champion has not looked the same since beating Teofimo Lopez. He lost two consecutive fights to Haney, who became undisputed. While Kambosos secured a majority decision win over Maxi Hughes in his last fight, many believed he had been gifted a decision. A win makes Lomachenko a champion again, but his future is uncertain. 

“My career is almost done, of course. How many years it’s going to be, one, two, three, that’s it. But I still think I have a little bit of power. It’s a hard question [when will I retire exactly]. At this stage, every fight is hard. It’s hard to recover after fights. I don’t know what will happen with my body after this fight and that’s why I can’t give you an answer to this question [of when I will retire],” Lomachenko said

Big fights are still possible at 135 against Gervonta Davis and Shakur Stevenson. Davis holds the WBA Lightweight Title, while Stevenson has the WBC belt. But at this stage of his career, is it worth taking a risk?

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