The reasoning for the lack of a rematch clause with Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez has been revealed.
On October 17, Lomachenko and Lopez will collide in a title unification fight. Lomachenko is the WBA (Super) and WBO Lightweight Champion. Lopez has a hold on the IBF Title. The action will be held inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’ll headline a Top Rank Boxing card.
“I don’t believe in rematch clauses. Rematch clauses are in essence overused thanks to our friend Eddie Hearn. He puts a rematch clause in every contract and that may indicate that he is not confident in how his fighter will perform. As far as I’m concerned, let them fight. They’ll be a winner, they’ll be a loser and if down the road they want a rematch, that’s up to them. But I’m not requiring and I don’t like to require a rematch in any contract that I do.”
Rematch clauses have drawn the ire of some fight fans. Many believe that divisions are held up due to these clauses. On the other hand, some believe it’s smart for the promoters to implement this clause to protect the fighters.
Lomachenko vs. Lopez is considered to be the biggest boxing matchup of 2020. It’ll air live on the major ESPN network and FIGHT SPORTS in over 50 countries worldwide. Arum has criticized Sky Sports for not purchasing rights to Matchroom Boxing events to air the fight on its network instead of pay-per-view. On the flip side, Arum has praised Queensberry Promotions for running Daniel Dubois vs. Joe Joyce on BT Sport.