Everyone has a price. As far as Teofimo Lopez is concerned, Top Rank isn’t matching what he thinks he is worth.
According to Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, talks of a Lopez v. Vasiliy Lomachenko fight appears to have hit a standstill. Lopez rejected an offer in recess of $1.2 million for a fight, and would now make less if he is “resigned” to defend his IBF Lightweight Title against another opponent.
“We’re working on it,” said Top Rank President Todd duBoef. “We started our conversations earlier this week and we’re working on coming to terms to make the match.”
The fight between Lopez (15-0) and WBA, WBO, and WBC Lightweight Champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1) is currently scheduled to take place on October 3. Both fighters were originally scheduled to compete against one another in March before the coronavirus pandemic shut everything down. September 19 was announced as a potential landing spot before October was announced. Arum is hoping to have the event inside Allegiant Stadium, home of the now-Las Vegas Raiders, but there may be a chance that fans won’t be able to attend.
Lopez turned professional in 2016. The Brooklyn-born star won the vacant WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Title in his tenth pro fight. He won NABF gold in 2018 and ended up knocking out Richard Commey back in December to win the IBF Lightweight Title. That was the last time he fought inside a boxing ring. The 22-year-old has twelve wins via knockout.
Reportedly earning $500,000 for the Commey fight, Lopez is looking to make more. He is one of several fighters dealing with pay issues in boxing. Fighters like Terence Crawford and Demetrius Andrade have been very vocal about the salary of a fighter. Crawford would not fight if a pay cut were to happen to him, while Andrade recommends not breaking the bank for fighters like Canelo Alvarez (who has a $350 million deal). DAZN has been looking to book Canelo for a fight and requested him to take a pay cut, which has resulted in a few problems.
Top Rank is looking to have the bout on ESPN PPV. Lopez has expressed interest in moving up in weight to advance his career. There may be a chance he stays at lightweight, however.
“Absolutely,” Lopez stated on Boxing with Chris Mannix, via Boxing Scene. “With the Richard Commey fight I made weight so very, very easy. I didn’t expect it to be easy so I know I can make 135 again, very smooth. And absolutely, (I would fight at 135) again.”
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, “Loma” won the WBA Lightweight Title from Jorge Linares. A WBO Champion, Lomachenko last fought Luke Campbell in August, where he won the WBC Lightweight Title. Since the report came out, Lomachnko has gotten interest from other fighters.
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Lomachenko is also interested in moving weight classes.
Stay tuned as more information on this proposed superfight potentially getting nixed should be revealed soon.