Vasiliy Lomachenko might have saved his best ever for Teofimo Lopez

Vasiliy Lomachenko reckons we haven't even seen the best of him yet.

That's the man who has won two Olympic gold medals and two world amateur championships.

The fighter who became the fastest man to win world titles across three weights in the pro ranks.

Oh, and the one who has lost just twice – amateur and professional – since he started boxing at 11.

“I never showed my 100 per cent of my skill,” said the Ukrainian superstar.

“Always there was some little problem.”

Quite the statement considering his achievements and what we have seen so far from the fighter who does things in the ring like no other.

In the early hours of tomorrow morning in Las Vegas, we may get to see the best of him then.

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Lomachenko is facing rising American ace Teofimo Lopez in the boxing's best fight since the sport returned from the coronavirus lockdown in the summer.

There has been a feeling growing in some quarters that, at 32, Lomachenko may be on the slide.

The term clutching at straws comes to mind.

Evidence seems to be the fact Luke Campbell made some of the rounds in their clash 14 months ago very close and even won a few.

That's an Olympic gold medalist and one of the best in Britain. He wasn't facing some no hoper.

Oh, and he still won.

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There is no doubt that Lomachenko is at a weight above where his body probably belongs.

But far from out of his depth, he is still the best in these waters.

Now he must prove it by dealing with the power of the ultra-confident Lopez, a thrilling prospect who is 15-0 and has stopped 12 of his previous opponents.

Lopez will have a big size advantage over Lomachenko, which those who a predicting an upset believe will be the key.

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Even Lomachenko seemed taken aback on one of the pre-fight behind-the-scenes shows at the size of Lopez's arms in comparison to his own.

But claims this week by the American and his team that the Ukrainian is shook is may be pushing it a bit far.

Expect to see a more switched on Lomachenko who will know Lopez's power could swing the bout at any moment which is why this is such a tantalising tussle.

But, much like Lomachenko's array of skills, timing is everything for the former world featherweight and super-featherweight champion.

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And this just feels like this fight has fallen just right for the Ukrainian, who is nine years older than the IBF champion.

You could say it is like when Floyd Mayweather Jnr took on Canelo Alvarez back in 2013.

Lomachenko, like Mayweather Jnr, will have to use his experience and guile to help ensure he remains the master while Lopez, like Canelo, will learn so much tonight that will add to his ability even if he remains the apprentice.

Unfortunately for Rio 2016 Olympian Lopez, he is a little more green than Alvarez was back then so the challenge here is even greater even if not impossible.

There is a debate to be had if the WBC title is on the line or not but this column isn't long enough to explain the lunacy of that so just accept the winner is the king at 9st 9lb.

And if Lomachenko says the best is yet to come from him then boy are we in for a treat.

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