Hours before his fight against Jorge Linares, Vasiliy Lomachenko He left his hotel in New York and walked a couple of blocks to Madison Square Garden, where the fight would be. And he did it before the astonished gaze of the fans, many of them Ukrainians, who mill about in the entrances to the arena to enter the fight.
It was May 12, 2018 when Lomachenko faced the Venezuelan Jorge Linares In New York.
Due to the proximity of the hotel to the sand, and because of how difficult it can be to get cars in the heart of Manhattan, the most practical thing is to walk the couple of blocks away.
AND Lomachenko He did it accompanied by the entourage that would accompany him in his corner, including his friend, the also Ukrainian and then universal champion of cruises, Oleksandr Usyk.
The video is interesting because it portrays the anticipation leading up to a world championship fight in a big city like New York. While Lomachenko He walks towards his big date where you can see the skyscrapers, the crowded New York streets, the crowded traffic of cars and taxis.
And also, hundreds of people, tourists and executives who walk. Some of them, totally oblivious, saw with curiosity who this character was who walked quickly with an entourage and cameras following him.
On the way, others whisper to each other: “It’s Lomachenko“.
As it approaches the mythical Madison Square Garden, more and more Ukrainian fans are looming, carrying the flag of their country. Yell at Lomachenko in their language, and the fighter comes out of his reflective state to recognize them and respond to the greeting.
The video was documented by Elie seckbach, on his channel Youtube, ESNEWS.