Lomachenko Ready To Claim Lopez’s Title

When it comes to competing, Vasiliy Lomachenko wants a piece of anyone willing to give him an opportunity to shine. The WBA, WBO, WBC and The Ring Lightweight Champion wants all of the gold, and will stop at nothing to get it. Someone who is in his path to greatness is Teofimo Lopez,

The IBF Lightweight Champion, Lopez is someone Lomachenko (14-1) believes will face and lose to him in only a matter of time.

“I really think he’s a good boxer. He’s a top fighter. He’s young, he’s hungry, he has big power, and I want this fight. He’s a world champion, and he holds my belt. It’s IBF title,” Lomachenko told Top Rank’s Crystina Poncher.

“It’s very unpredictable,” Lomachenko stated when talking about the potential clash. “Nobody can predict what is going to happen, how it’s going to happen. And the people are talking about which round they are going to knock somebody out or stop somebody. I am getting very, very interested. Now, I want to see {the fight}.”

Lomachenko fought twice in 2019, beating Anthony Crolla and Luke Campbell. He has never really been one to fear his opponents, as his presence exudes confidence. What tactics will he use in order to intimidate Lopez?

“The interesting thing for me, it will be to look into his eyes and his father’s eyes and see their reaction {after the fight},” Lomachenko went on to say.

Lopez (15-0) fought four times in 2019. Since 2018 has fought eight times. His last fight was a shocking TKO win over Richard Commey for the IBF Title back in December. With 12 wins via knockout, Lopez has a counterpunching style that is different from any other fighter. How does Lomachenko feel about that and Lopez’s shoulder roll?

“It is not an easy type of fighting,” said Lomachenko. “It is not an easy style. It is easier to fight attacking fighters who are coming forward. It’s much easier. This type of counterpuncher is more difficult to fight. The winner will be who has the better boxing IQ. But that style with the shoulder, I think I know what I have to do to win.”

The two were rumored to face one another on May 30. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all fights are in question now. Everything appears to be shut down. The Ukrainian does have a gym where he lives, and looks to remain active no matter what. There may be a chance boxing bouts will not be around for a while. Where Lomachenko is from, he is more than happy to listen to the rules in order to stay safe.

“The situation as of this moment is from Monday, there will be very limited time to go outside. You will have to be in your house. You can’t gather more than two or three people. The situation is like you can only take your dog out for a walk or go out for something very serious. Other than that, you have to sit at home,” Lomachenko said. You can’t even walk with your kids outside. Everyone will be on lockdown. This will go on until April 24 starting on Monday.

“Everything that’s happening {with self-quarantines} is happening for the better. The most important thing is for all the people on this planet to get back and get healthy and everything will go back to normal.”

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