Teofimo Lopez Not Open To Giving Vasiliy Lomachenko Rematch
Teofimo Lopez doesn’t plan on giving Vasiliy Lomachenko a rematch.
Lopez and Lomachenko did battle in the main event of a Top Rank Boxing card. The bout was contested for all the major gold outside of Devin Haney’s title. The WBA (Super), WBC (Franchise), IBF, and WBO Lightweight Championships were on the line. In the end, it was Lopez who earned the unanimous decision victory.
Going into this bout, Top Rank’s Bob Arum revealed that there would be no rematch clause in place. Arum said he doesn’t believe in rematch clauses. Now that Lopez has won and is free to move on from Lomachenko, he doesn’t plan to fight him a second time at the moment.
Here’s what Lopez told reporters during the post-fight press conference (via BoxingScene.com).
“For what? For what? I beat him, and I did everything that I had to [do] to beat him. If anything, it’ll happen again, the same thing. There was no rematch clause for a reason. Now I can talk my sh-t. They had it pretty much where they didn’t give me a rematch clause for a reason.
“And they gave me a contract on the side, pretty much saying, like, ‘If you lose, this is what you’re gonna get for your next fights,’ pretty much predicting that I’m gonna lose. It’s fine. Now, you know, they’ve just gotta eat it up, suck it up. And now it’s time for us to take over and move forward. That’s it. I told y’all, man, out with the old, in the with new.”
Lopez has mulled over possibly moving up to the 140-pound division. He’s even expressed interest in fighting the winner of Jose Ramirez vs. Josh Taylor, which is a title unification bout in the light-welterweight division that many are hoping comes to fruition.