Vasiliy Lomachenko has been defending his country of Ukraine against Russian aggression. Now, the three-division champion is ready to continue his redemption tour in the boxing ring.

Lomachenko, 34, has left his country and recently made his way to Los Angeles. Top Rank’s Bob Arum recently said that if everything goes according to plan with training, Lomachenko could return to action in October.

“I pray every day for Ukraine, for the people … and stop the war. When I came back to Ukraine, I believe it was the second day of war. Your mind changes because you see a different life. It’s a different life. Nobody knows what happened on this day. It’s very bad. It’s very bad for the world,” Lomachenko said in a news release. “I’ve prepared for this moment, and I need this chance. I need this fight … undisputed. Undisputed world champion.”

Lomachenko was one of several combat sports stars who decided to take up arms after the Russian invasion. Lomachenko joined heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, the Klitschko brothers and Yaroslav Amosov, among others. Ukraine’s interior ministry later said that the State Border Guard Service prohibited men aged 18 to 60 from leaving the country.

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“The Matrix’s” team found a way for him to get out of the country to fight George Kambosos Jr. not long ago, but Lomachenko decided to stay. Now, just like Usyk, he is back in action. His goal is to reclaim lightweight gold.

Who will Vasiliy Lomachenko fight?

Per ESPN, Lomachenko will face Jamaine Ortiz on Oct. 15 or 22 in Las Vegas.

Ortiz (16-0-1) is a WBC USNBC Silver and NABF lightweight champion. His last fight was a unanimous decision win over Jamel Herring in May. Herring, a former WBO junior-lightweight champion, would retire after that fight.

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Vasiliy Lomachenko record and bio

A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Lomachenko made his pro debut in 2013. After losing his second fight, Lomachenko went on a 13-fight win streak. During that run, he became the WBO featherweight, WBO junior-lightweight and the WBA, WBO, WBC and The Ring lightweight champion. He beat the likes of Gary Russell Jr., Miguel Marriaga, Jorge Linares, Jose Pedraza and Luke Campbell during that time.

In October 2020, Lomachenko lost his lightweight titles against Teofimo Lopez. Since then, he has fought his way back up the lightweight division. Lomachenko beat Masayoshi Nakatani via TKO in June 2021 and Richard Commey in December. Both were former Lopez opponents.

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The ultimate goal is for Lomachenko, with a win, to face the winner of Devin Haney vs. Kambosos 2, rumored to take place in October. Haney beat Kambosos in June for the WBC, WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and The Ring lightweight titles.

Source: https://www.sportingnews.com/us/boxing/news/vasiliy-lomachenko-fight-status-ukrainian-boxing-champion/cev32yuyklbgqgr3dv8fsa1z