Teofimo Lopez has big plans for his title matchup with Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Lopez is going into his title unification scrap against Lomachenko as the IBF Lightweight Champion. Lomachenko holds the WBA (Super) and WBO gold. Lopez’s record has been perfect thus far at 15-0. Lomachenko’s record is 14-1 but he will be considered the betting favorite as he has built quite a reputation for himself.
Appearing on ESPN’s First Take, Lomachenko told Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman that he’d like to go for the knockout (h/t Boxing Scene).
“Oh hell yeah, I gotta knock this guy out, man. Everybody loves knockouts, why not? What I do is very exciting. I’m a young, hungry fighter. A lot of people may call me arrogant but when it comes to my sport, I’m very good at what I do.”
Lopez backtracked a bit on his desire to stop Lomachenko but he still believes his opponent is in for a rude awakening.
“I’m not going to look for that knockout. If it comes, it comes. But I trust my abilities. I’m only getting stronger, and the fact that we’ve rested for this long, it’s going to be a bad night for this man … I think both of us probably needed the rest. It’s going to be a great fight to watch.”
Lomachenko hasn’t been beaten since his second pro boxing match. It was a split decision loss to Orlando Salido, who was 41-12-2, 1 NC at the time. The bout occurred back on March 1, 2014.
The highly-anticipated title unification bout between Lomachenko and Lopez is set to take place inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 17. A live broadcast will be available on the major ESPN network.