Vasiliy Lomachenko returns to the ring but will want to show us what he has left

Vasiliy Lomachenko returns to the ring this weekend and we get to see just what the great Ukrainian has left.

Is he past his best or was the defeat by Teofimo Lopez a blip?

Maybe he is too small for lightweight despite becoming a world champion in the division or was it just the fact Lopez is huge for the weight?

These are the questions that will get answered when he takes on Masayoshi Nakatani in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday.

I was surprised Lomachenko didn't move back down to super-featherweight after the loss to Lopez back in July of last year.

But maybe he can't get back down to the 9st 4lb now at 33.

It is certainly going to be interesting to see what Lomachenko has left.

It must also be remembered he also underwent serious shoulder surgery since the Lopez loss.

He has been a magical fighter and has shown us moves in the ring we've never seen before.

All the while winning world titles in three weight divisions inside his first 12 professional contests.

As a two-time Olympic champion in the amateur ranks, he has really done it all.

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But father time is undefeated and now the question is if it has caught up on the Ukrainian, who has lost twice in 16 fights.

Nakatani is certainly a stiff test to let us know, that's for sure.

The Japanese fighter's only defeat has come to Lopez so both men have that opponent in common.

While at 5ft 11in, Nakatani will tower over Lomachenko and give him a proper test to see if he can handle huge lightweights.

If he passes these tests and shows that his best years are not gone yet then it would be fantastic.

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Lomachenko can take inspiration from someone like Nonito Donaire who is enjoying quite the swansong in his career.

The Filipino recently became a world champion again at 38 and is now up for a unification fight with John Riel Casimero at bantamweight.

So maybe there is life in Lomachenko still and there are some big fights out there for him if there is.

If he shines this weekend then he will want that rematch with Lopez too.

He has never been afraid of a challenge.

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