Teofimo Lopez And Subriel Matias In Talks For A 2024 Unification

Subriel Matias and Teofimo Lopez are reportedly in talks for a unification fight for the summer.

Matias is the current IBF junior welterweight champion, coming off a stoppage win over Shohjahon Ergashev, as he took his record to 20-1. Lopez holds the WBO belt after giving the former undisputed 140-pound champion Josh Taylor the first defeat of his career. Matias recently confirmed talks were ongoing with Lopez for a fight in February. But a hand injury meant he had to pull out of that prospective date. Matias had also been linked with a fight against Devin Haney. As we have reportedBill Haney suggested Matias wanted $4 million to make the fight, which he denied. That has left the door open for a unification with Lopez.

According to Chris Mannix, there have been “substantive conversations between [Top Rank] and Matias” for a fight in June on the “NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend.” One obstacle which may prevent a fight on that date is Lopez’s mandatory Arnold Barboza Jr. The mandatory won’t be called until a year, which would place that in June. But if that obstacle is navigated, boxing fans will be in for a treat.


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