Bob Arum Has A Location In Mind For Vasiliy Lomachenko Vs. Teofimo Lopez
Boxing promoters are doing whatever they can to stage fights with an audience inside them. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, several big fights are being saved until that can happen. Top Rank’s Bob Arum is hoping something can get done between two top lightweights by the end of the summer.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Arum talked about holding a unification bout between IBF Lightweight Champion Teofimo Lopez (15-0) and WBA, WBO, and WBC Lightweight Champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1). The two were meant to fight one another in March, but the coronavirus affected the booking. Now, Arum is ready for the two to clash in September in Las Vegas. The location he has in mind is the Raiders’ new Allegiant Stadium.
“A big fight, we’re hoping to do it in September with a limited audience,” Arum stated. “We’re talking to the new American football team, the Las Vegas Raiders, who have a beautiful new $1.8 billion stadium.
“They’re talking to us about doing this fight in their stadium in September for maybe 10,000 people spread out.”
The Raiders just recently moved to Las Vegas after stints in Oakland and Los Angeles. The stadium that was just built can fit up to 65,000 people. While not that many people would be able to be inside the stadium, Arum is hoping to take advantage of its presence.
Lopez turned professional in 2016. He won NABF gold in 2018 and ended up knocking out Richard Commey back in December to win the IBF Lightweight Title. The 22-year-old has twelve wins via knockout.
Lomachenko won gold in his first professional fight in 2013. He ended up winning the WBO Featherweight Title in his third fight. Holding junior-featherweight gold as well, “Loma” won the WBA Lightweight Title from Jorge Linares. He has since beaten Jose Pedraza for the WBO title and Luke Campbell in August, where he won the WBC Lightweight Title.
Top Rank is currently getting ready to hold fights in Las Vegas, with its big return scheduled for tomorrow, June 9. Taking place inside the MGM Grand Conference Center, Arum is taking small steps to comply with the Nevada Athletic Commission and their requests. This comes after the NAC brought back combat sports to the state.
“Everybody is working to get these things done,” Arum went on to say. “We can’t talk definitely until we have satisfied all the regulatory bodies. The Nevada commission is way ahead of everybody in terms of moving forwards.”