Bob Arum Won’t Force Rematch Between Teofimo Lopez & Vasiliy Lomachenko
Fight fans may not want to bet the house on a rematch between Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomachenko taking place.
Lopez and Lomachenko shared the ring on October 17. The bout was contested for the WBA (Super), WBC (Franchise), IBF, and WBO Lightweight Titles. Arum made it clear that there was no rematch clause in place. Lopez ended up defeating Lomachenko via unanimous decision and he isn’t interested in facing “Loma” a second time.
Speaking to BoxingScene.com, Arum said that he will discuss the financial upside of a rematch with Lopez and Lomachenko but he won’t force the bout to happen.
“That’s up to the fighters at this point. I will point out to the fighters what the financial implications are for doing a rematch. And then, if they wanna do it, that’s fine. If they don’t wanna do it, that’s fine, too. That’s how it works. The Don King era is over, where the fighters are told what to do. I’ll sit down with them, with both sides. I’ll explain to them where the bucks are, because that’s what they care about, and then they’ll determine what they wanna do.”
Arum has criticized other promoters for having rematch clauses in every title fight. Arum name-dropped Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn as someone who does this consistently. A recent example of this is Dillian Whyte, who will be getting a rematch against Alexander Povetkin after losing the interim WBC Heavyweight Title in an upset back on August 22.