Former pound-for-pound king – Vasiliy Lomachenko returns into the ring tomorrow, eight long months after losing an undisputed lightweight title match to Teofimo Lopez as he takes on Masayoshi Nakatani in a 12-round lightweight contest at the Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas.

Speaking at the final press conference ahead of the big bout Loma said he want to exhibit his skills in the ring as he readies to write a new chapter:

“I can’t wait to be back in the ring. I’m very excited and I want to show my best skills. I want to prove to myself, my family, my friends, my team, who I am in the ring.”

“He is a tough guy. He has the height and the reach. I think he is a very good boxer. That’s why he was my choice as an opponent.”

“It’s great to have fans [in the crowd]. They push us in the ring. They give us energy.”

“I have a fight this Saturday, and after that, we can talk about a rematch. I want it!”

The Japanese contender [Masayoshi Nakatani] also said he would like to follow the footsteps of Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue who smashed Michael Dasmarinas last weekend to retain his WBA and IBF bantamweight titles at the same venue:

“A fellow Japanese fighter [Inoue last week] having a great performance is very motivating for me.”

“This is a fight that I have to win and that I want to win.”

“When this fight came up, I felt that it is the biggest fight of my career. But getting the fight doesn’t mean anything. I must win for this fight to mean something. I’m going to win!”