Ellerbe: Why Is Loma Scared To Fight Lopez?
Vasyl Lomachenko is almost universally considered as one of the best fighters in the sport of boxing, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe happily disagrees.
“I think he’s an outstanding talent,” Ellerbe told BoxingScene.com. “He’s not as good as they make him out to be, though. He’s not better than Terence Crawford.”
While Lomachenko has offered to fight Mayweather star Gervonta Davis for free, Ellerbe believes Davis would handily defeat Lomachenko, and that Lomachenko and promoter Bob Arum are ducking a fight with Teofimo Lopez.
“That’s bullsh*t,” Ellerbe said of a Boxing Scene interview done with Arum about wanting to set up Loma-Lopez for later this year. “That fight is not happening. That’s bulls**t. Listen, it’s not gonna be Lopez. They know exactly what they’re doing. They have a great stable of young fighters and they know what they’re doing. I have nothing bad to say about them. The kid himself, Lopez, has told any and everyone that will listen to him, and even went to his promoter and gave his promoter a deadline, and said, ‘I wanna fight him.’
“The kid has gotten a lot of exposure. People know who he is and they can make that fight tomorrow. But guess what? They didn’t get this far and become as good as they have been in the sport by making bad decisions. There’s no doubt in my mind that they feel Lopez will beat Lomachenko – no doubt in my mind. I don’t give a sh*t if he’s got 12 fights. With his style, he beats Lomachenko. It ain’t about that kid [Lomachenko] having 400 [amateur] fights and all of that. [Lopez] beats his ass. That’s why the conversation is deflected to other things.”
“They should keep Gervonta Davis’ name out of their mouths,” Ellerbe said of Lomachenko’s prodding for a fight with the super featherweight champion. “They’ve got a good fight that they can make in house. All they’ve gotta do is talk to the kid and his team, and talk to Lomachenko and his team. They all have the same promoter. Why are they talking about Gervonta Davis?”
Lopez will look to impress on April 20th, as he battles Edis Tatli in a 10-round fight on the undercard of Terence Crawford’s WBO welterweight title defense against Amir Khan on ESPN Pay-Per-View.