What Does Teofimo Lopez Think About Fighting Vasiliy Lomachenko?
Social media has been buzzing ever since the fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez became official. Currently set for October 17 on ESPN, the journey to get to this moment was bumpy, but has since smoothed itself out.
With all the rumors going on surrounding the fight, Lopez wanted to clear the air.
“We were going to make the fight happen, of course. It was just a matter of who’s getting what,”Lopez said to ESPN. “They’re throwing out bulls— like that Lomachenko put out part of his cut to make the fight happen with me, and give me something like $800K out of his check.
“That’s false, and I hate the fact that people are throwing it out there and making it sound like he dug into his own pocket. C’mon man. … I wouldn’t allow it, I wouldn’t want to accept something like that.”
Lopez (15-0) is referring to the fact that he initially rejected an offer in recess of $1.2 million for a fight. He then agreed to a purse package worth $3.25 million and can now earn $1.5 million. Lomachenko was willing to take a pay cut for the fight to take place, and that is what some people believe was able to make the fight official.
The IBF Lightweight Champion, Lopez turned professional in 2016. The Brooklyn-born star won the vacant WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Title in his tenth pro fight. He won NABF gold in 2018 and ended up knocking out Richard Commey back in December to win the IBF Lightweight Title. That was the last time he fought inside a boxing ring. The 22-year-old has twelve wins via knockout.
The two were supposed to fight in March inside Madison Square Garden, but the coronavirus pandemic halted all plans. Many were coming after Lopez for “ducking” from the fight. Now, he has a chance to show the world what he can really do.
“We’re going in there to make a statement,” Lopez went on to say. “It’s always been personal. But now I have a chip on my shoulder from more things to make it that much more personal, just that extra.”
Lomachenko (14-1) won gold in his first professional fight in 2013. He ended up winning the WBO Featherweight Title in his third fight. Holding junior-featherweight gold, “Loma” won the WBA Lightweight Title from Jorge Linares. A WBO Champion, Lomachenko last fought Luke Campbell in August, where he won the WBC Lightweight Title.
As far as how the fight is going to go, Lopez’s father, who was willing to help him throughout the process, gave a very simple prediction.
“It’s not going to even last three rounds,” said Lopez Sr. “When that monster hits him with the first punch, you’re going to see a hurt dog without no legs. He’s done. The first punch is going to change the whole fight. He’s going to wish he was never in that ring.”
“This is the fight that’s going to make my son a superhero. He’s going to be like Superman.”
The fight between Lopez and Lomachenko will be taking place inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.