Lomachenko-Lopez Reportedly Set For March
Two rising stars may finally be on a collision course to determine the undisputed lightweight champion. According to The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger, Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez are close to confirming a bout against one another in March. The 30th appears to be the premier date at the moment.
Sources: The Vasiliy Lomachenko-Teofimo Lopez lightweight title unification fight is targeted for May 30, though date hasn’t been finalized. Bout likely to land on ESPN PPV rather than linear or ESPN+. Loma has never headlined on PPV in the U.S., but this is his biggest fight yet
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) February 10, 2020
The fight would be on ESPN PPV instead of ESPN+. Lance Pugmire is also reporting that it will be the headline bout of a Madison Square Garden card. Reported talks for the fight started back in January, with Top Rank’s Bob Arum hoping the bout would take place inside The World’s Most Famous Arena.
“It belongs in The Garden,” Arum stated to BoxingScene. “The Garden has offered to put up a substantial guarantee. But the gate guarantee is only a small part of it.”
This would be the first PPV main event in the United States for Lomachenko (14-1), the current WBA, WBO, The Ring and WBC Lightweight Champion. His last fight was a unanimous decision win against Luke Campbell back in August for the WBC belt. Since losing his second professional fight back in 2014, Lomachenko has gone on a 13-fight win streak, beating a who’s who of contenders and champions. Those fighters include Jorge Linares, Jose Pedraza, Gary Russell Jr. and Anthony Crolla.
This would be a huge step for Lomachenko, who has 10 wins via knockout. With a passionate fanbase, the 31-year-old Ukrainian has shown how special he is with his speed and timing. The WBC promoted Lomachenko to “franchise” champion status, making this fight an important one for him and them.
Rising up the ranks, the 22-year-old Lopez (15-0) won the IBF Lightweight Title off of Richard Commey back in December via second-round TKO. He won the NABF Lightweight Title back in December 2018, knocking out Mason Menard in the first round. The Brooklyn-born Lopez won his first professional fight in 2016, and has continued to impress Top Rank personnel.
Both Lomachenko (1) and Lopez (3) have fought inside the main theater of Madison Square Garden before. This time, when official, the bright lights would be all over them.