Lopez Calls Out Lomachenko: ‘Everybody Wants To See This Fight Happen’
IBF Lightweight Champion Teofimo Lopez is not done calling out fighters within his division. After going after Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney, Lopez (15-0) decided to focus his frustrations with Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Lopez and Lomachenko (14-1) were supposed to face one another in March, but due to restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the fight hasn’t taken place. Now, Lopez wants to get the attention of the WBA, WBO, and WBC Lightweight Champion. Speaking with SiriusXM’s Gerry Cooney and Randy Gordon, Lopez wants to make sure everything is in place so the fight does happen.
“We’re just trying to see that this guy doesn’t back out,” Lopez stated, via Boxing Scene. “My thing is really that – don’t back out. Let me talk my sh-t and I want you to feel it and I want you to not back the f–k out. Because everybody wants to see this fight happen.”
Lopez (15-0), turned professional in 2016. He won NABF gold in 2018 and ended up knocking out Richard Commey back in December to win the IBF Lightweight Title. The 22-year-old has twelve wins via knockout.
Lomachenko won gold in his first professional fight in 2013. He ended up winning the WBO Featherweight Title in his third fight. Since then, he has moved up and won gold in the lightweight division. Holding junior-featherweight gold, “Loma” won the WBA Lightweight Title from Jorge Linares. He has since beaten Jose Pedraza (for the WBO title), Anthony Crolla, and Luke Campbell. That last bout was in August, where he won the WBC Lightweight Title.
Lomachenko has since stated he is interested in the fight. Lopez is not convinced, citing the coronavirus pandemic as a way for him to slip out of the fight.
“I can’t promise you guys anything. I do want the Loma fight, but as this pandemic keeps on going, it’s just making that fight slowly fading away,” Lopez went on to say. “And I think they’re waiting on it, though. That’s the sh-t, and I hate it. They’re waiting on it. They’re waiting for me. They know I can’t make this weight no more. They know I can’t make the weight. They know I can’t make the weight no more.”
Lopez has since stated his desire to fight at a weight higher. If he doesn’t get the fight he wants, there may be a chance it won’t happen in the division it was meant to be in.
Will Lopez v. Lomachenko end up happening?