Roach: Forget Loma’s Footwork, Go After Him
Legendary trainer Freddie Roach is looking past unified lightweight champion, Vasyl Lomachenko’s heralded footwork, and telling fighters to just go after him.
In an interview with FightHub, Roach was asked about Lomachenko prior to Anthony Crolla’s title shot on Friday at Staples Center\, and feels the Ukrainian fighter is overrated.
“I don’t think he’s (pound-for-pound number one),” Roach said. “I think Spence and Crawford are the best two fighters in the world, and No. 1 I would pick Crawford. But (Lomachenko) is a good boxer, yes.
“I think he’s beatable. I know what I would have my fighter do to try to beat him. F**k his footwork, and go after him. Punch-for-punch. You might have to have a good chin to last, but there’s guys out there like that. I would just put pressure on him. He has one loss, and he did lose to a pretty average guy. (Orlando Salido) guy was a good sparring partner for many years.
While Roach may not see him at the level of an Errol Spence or a Terence Crawford, Roach’s opinion would be more positive when Lomachenko faced Jorge Linares in 2018.
“In his (fight with Jorge Linares), though, he was fighting one of the best fighters in the world,” Roach explained. “He gets dropped and comes back and knocks him out with a body shot. I didn’t expect that. He may be a little better than I thought. I do think he is beatable, though, and I hope we get the right guy to fight him someday.”
Quotes Via Bad Left Hook