Teofimo Lopez has long talked about the “takeover,” and he’s planning to live up to his word on October 17.
Lopez is set to collide with Vasiliy Lomachenko in a title unification bout. Lopez’s IBF Lightweight gold will be on the line, as well as Lomachenko’s WBA (Super) and WBO Titles. The action will take place inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ahead of the championship clash, Lopez spoke to media members during a Zoom call. Lopez said that he feels Top Rank Boxing’s Bob Arum will be calling him the next Manny Pacquiao after his fight with Lomachenko (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“I look forward to taking more things and moving along. Maybe I’ll move up to 140 after. Who knows. Who knows what my future holds. I know one thing, Bob is gonna call me the next Manny Pacquiao when I take over and stuff like that.”
Lopez is undefeated going into his title unification bout with Lomachenko. He has a record of 15-0 with 12 of those victories coming by way of knockout. Lomachenko is 14-1 with 10 knockout wins to his credit. Lomachenko hasn’t suffered a loss since March 2014. It was his second pro boxing match and it was a split decision loss to Orlando Solido.
In his last outing, Lopez scored a second-round TKO victory over Richard Commey to capture the IBF gold. Lomachenko last fought back on August 31, 2019, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Luke Campbell.
Lomachenko vs. Lopez will air on the major ESPN network and on FIGHT SPORTS in over 50 countries worldwide.