Vasiliy Lomachenko Fires Back At Teofimo Lopez’s Trash Talk
Vasiliy Lomachenko isn’t a fan of Teofimo Lopez’s trash talk.
Lomachenko vs. Lopez has been one of the most highly-anticipated boxing matches of 2020. The title unification bout is scheduled for October 17. Lomachenko is the WBA (Super) and WBO Lightweight Champion, while Lopez holds the IBF gold.
Going into the bout, Lopez hasn’t been short on confidence. He told Fight Hub TV (via Boxing Scene) that he feels Lomachenko has one foot out the door when it comes to boxing.
“Lomachenko knows he’s on his way out. Nobody knows that, but I do. Why would he come to 135? He’s here to cash out. Come on; you get fooled by what you see. Because if it doesn’t work, he still has a plan B … You guys all believe it, and it’s like an illusion to you guys. You’ve got to look at why this guy is going to 135. This is not his weight class. I’m going to do my thing on Oct. 17, clean my hands and keep rolling. And I’m not looking at Lomachenko. I’m looking through him. What happens if Teofimo takes him to deep waters? My main priority is the person I’m facing.”
Lopez’s words have not fallen on deaf ears. During an edition of Top Rank Boxing’s Blood, Sweat, and Tears countdown show, Lomachenko responded to Lopez’s trash talk (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“In my country, if you insult somebody, you’d better be prepared for them to hurt you. If we were in my country, he’d learn pretty quick he can’t run his mouth. If I get a chance to cause him pain, I’m going to do it. Now he is a world champion, and now he talks too much. Of course, he deserves this fight. He [does this for] all of these fights. I mean, his trash talk.”
Lomachenko vs. Lopez will air live on the major ESPN network. It’ll be held inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.