VASILY LOMACHENKO’S team are hoping to pull him from the frontlines of the war in Ukraine so he can prepare for a showdown with George Kambosos Jr.
The proud Ukrainian took up arms against the invading Russians last month along with countryman Oleksandr Usyk and the Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir.
But Team Loma are making efforts to try and get him out of the country so he can challenge Kambosos for the unified lightweight titles.
That’s according to ESPN, who claim the two-time Olympic gold medallist has agreed a deal to face the Aussie in Melbourne on June 5.
Lomachenko’s team will face a tough task to get him out of the country as martial law has decreed that all able-bodied men between the ages of 18-60 must stay and aid the nation’s defence against Russia.
Sportsmen and celebrities aren’t exempt from the decree, although Lomachenko did in fact volunteer to take up arms before it was issued.
Photos released last month shortly after the Russian invasion began showed the 34-year-old carrying an M16 assault rifle.
Former pound-for-pound king Lomachenko has enlisted in the Belgorod-Dniester Terror Defence Battalion to defend his hometown.
His enlistment in the battalion came after he shared a call for peace with his 2.1million Instagram followers.
An excerpt of his post read: “A prayer for the peace of the whole world and the enlightenment of the peoples of the earth.”
Loma’s good pal and unified heavyweight champ Usyk was also quick to take up arms against Vladimir Putin’s army.
Usyk’s defence of his homeland has put his blockbuster rematch with Anthony Joshua in major doubt.
AJ promoter Eddie Hearn recently said: “It’s a very unique, personal, emotional situation and I don’t think we can really fathom what’s going on there and what’s going through the minds of people involved there.”
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