Lomachenko aims to bring the fight to Pedraza

Three-division world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko will attempt to unify world titles for the first time tonight hen he squares off against WBO titlist Jose Pedraza at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York.

"It's the next step for my dream," said Lomachenko, who holds the WBA 135-pound world title.

"It's the next step for my goal, and after this fight, I think my dreams come a little bit closer to me."

Lomachenko weighed in on Friday at 134.4 pounds, while Pedraza tipped the scales at134.2.

Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KO's, who is returning to the ring for the first time since rising from the floor to knockout Jorge Linares in May, says he must bring the fight to Pedraza.

"His style is not very interesting and not comfortable for all boxers because he's always on defense and waiting for a mistake. If you've seen my fights, it will be similar to the {Miguel} Marriaga fight. They have the same style," Lomachenko said.

Lomachenko also underwent shoulder surgery following the Linares bout to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. However, he is ready to go.

"I had a very interesting camp. I had hard sparring sessions and good preparation for this fight. I used all of my punches, and I think it will be the same as before {the surgery}," Lomachenko said"

Pedraza is making the first defense of the title that he captured in August when he outpointed Mexico's Ray Beltran in a lopsided fight.

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