Vasyl Lomachenko explained his friendly Ninja Turtle call out to Conor McGregor.
Earlier in the month, one of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world took to social media for an interesting call out to a UFC champion. Two-division champ Vasyl Lomachenko, who was clad in a ninja turtle outfit, said that he is “waiting” to test Conor McGregor in the ring.
While the funny post seemed pretty random at the time, the boxing star says there was a reason for the tweet and the costume.
“My friend gave me this present, this suit, Ninja Turtle,” Lomachenko said of the outfit in an interview with Radio Rahim. “I train with this suit, and after that, when I come back home, I take my phone and listen to the internet. I saw some video with McGregor.”
Lomachenko says he stumbled upon a TMZ video, with McGregor claiming that he doesn’t really need Floyd Mayweather and can fight anyone.
“Yeah. F—k Floyd. What is Floyd going to do? We’re looking for anyone. I’m the one with the numbers,” McGregor said on the clip. “We’re looking for anyone. Mutant ninja turtles”
This clip gave the champion boxer the idea for the social media post.
“I saw this, and then think, ‘Oh! I have a suit, Ninja Turtle. Why not?’” Lomachenko said.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist admitted that the call out was just done for fun. He says he likes McGregor and even offered to train and spar with him.
“I send this message for him, but I’m not talking about an official fight. I say (have a) boxing test. If we make a sparring session, I think it will be great for him, because I can show him boxing skills.”
“I like McGregor. McGregor is very funny guy. He is very smart for this business.”
The Ukranian boxer is no stranger to helping out MMA fighters. Lomachenko recently sparred four 4-minute rounds with T.J. Dillashaw, and it was a session that the former UFC champ says he would learn a lot from.