Teofimo Lopez Says He’s Prepared For Deep Waters Against Vasiliy Lomachenko
Teofimo Lopez isn’t afraid of his bout with Vasiliy Lomachenko going to deep waters.
Lopez is set for a big title unification fight against Lomachenko on October 17. Lopez is the IBF Lightweight Champion, while Lomachenko holds the WBA (Super) and WBO gold. The championship tilt will be held inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
During a virtual press conference, Lopez discussed being prepared for deep waters against Lomachenko (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“I think that’s everyone’s game plan, and I think that’s the best thing that I always love, is the fact that deep waters, right? People always wanna take me to deep waters. And the fact that they don’t understand is that I live in deep waters. I’m a shark. You know what I mean? And that’s what it comes to, so try to take me to deep waters and it just, it ends up becoming their downfall, you know?
“And that’s why if this fight goes to the 12 rounds … I understand that Lomachenko may be a slow starter and he picks up as the rounds continue, but so do I. And I think that this is definitely gonna be a chess match, a great fight and I don’t look at it like Mayweather-Canelo. And if it is, I’m Mayweather.”
Lopez is coming off his IBF Lightweight Title victory over Richard Commey. He stopped Commey in the second round via TKO back on December 14, 2019. Lomachenko’s last outing took place back on August 31, 2019. He successfully retained his WBA (Super) and WBO Lightweight Titles. Lomachenko also scooped up the vacant WBC gold but he ended up being dubbed the “Franchise” Champion with Devin Haney being promoted to the main titleholder.
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez will air live on the major ESPN network and FIGHT SPORTS in over 50 countries worldwide.