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 reported, Bill Haney suggested Matias wanted $4 million to make the fight, which he denied. That has left the door open for a unification with Lopez.
‼️ Teofimo Lopez vs Subriel Matias has reportedly been discussed in "substantive" talks. It's claimed the IBF & WBO super-lightweight world title unification could be eyed for June 7th/8th on the Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend in New York City. [According to @SIChrisMannix] pic.twitter.com/Fyf26iRhjr
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) December 11, 2023
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.
This is an incredible fight WOW 🔥🔥🔥
— Lewis Su Boxing (@Lewissu123) December 11, 2023
— Shaun (@ShaunLFC9) December 11, 2023
This is a very dangerous fight for Teofimo Lopez, but like I have said, a Teofimo Lopez with his mind in the right place is very dangerous. Matias is a man that can take him to hell and back.
Uffff what a fight this is. 140 lb division is on fire.
— bombs boxing™ (@bombsboxing) December 11, 2023