Vasiliy Lomachenko Isn’t Concerned With Age Ahead Of Teofimo Lopez Fight
Vasiliy Lomachenko isn’t worried about his age going into his title fight with Teofimo Lopez.
Lomachenko and Lopez are set to collide on October 17. Lomachenko’s WBA (Super) and WBO Lightweight gold will be on the line as well as Lopez’s IBF Championship. Lomachenko is looking to hand Lopez the first defeat of his pro boxing career.
Lomachenko is 32 years, while Lopez is 23. Lopez has referred to Lomachenko as an “old lion.” He feels youth will play a huge role in the outcome of this title unification bout.
During a media call on Zoom, Lomachenko was asked about Lopez’s remark and he responded with the following (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“I don’t think about age because I’m just 32 years old. Who made the rules about age in boxing? It depends on the person’s lifestyle. Somebody [could be] old at 27 and at 30. Somebody [could be old at] 45, 47. I feel great and I feel young.”
Bob Arum chimed in after Lomachenko’s manager joked about Bob’s age.
“Age is just a number. That’s what George Foreman said – age is just a number, and he won the heavyweight championship at age 45.”
Lomachenko certainly hasn’t been fighting like an “old lion.” In his last outing, he earned a unanimous decision win over Luke Campbell. In the bout prior, he knocked out Anthony Crolla in the fourth round.
While Lopez is undefeated, Lomachenko is the betting favorite going into this bout. It’s a credit to how fight fans and oddsmakers view Lomachenko at the top of the pound-for-pound list.
The Lomachenko vs. Lopez event will air on the major ESPN network and on FIGHT SPORTS in over 50 countries worldwide.