Former two-division champion Jose Pedraza is well acquainted with three-time world champion Vasily Lomachenko. In 2018, he lost to Lome in 12 rounds, and the fight could have ended ahead of schedule.
On Saturday, October 17, Lomachenko will enter the ring to claim his fourth world title, which he plans to take away from undefeated IBF lightweight champion Teofimo López.
Pedraza believes Lopez should do his best to crush Lomachenko in the first 5 rounds. And if he doesn’t succeed, his chances of winning will diminish with each round. According to the former rival of the Ukrainian boxer:
“Lomachenko is progressive. As a rule, starting from the 6th round, he becomes more active, delivers more punches and presses harder. And if Lopez wants to win, he should use the first 5 rounds.”
Gamalier Rodriguez, whom Lomachenko knocked out in 2015, agrees with Pedrosa’s opinion:
“Lopez needs to” surprise “him in the first 5 rounds, otherwise Lomachenko will certainly upset him.”