What Does Teofimo Lopez Think Of Vasiliy Lomachenko’s Past Opponents?
Teofimo Lopez believes he knows what the problem has been for Vasiliy Lomachenko’s past opponents.
Lopez is set for a major title unification bout against Lomachenko on October 17. Lopez is the IBF Lightweight Champion, while Lomachenko holds the WBA (Super) and WBO gold. Their highly-anticipated clash is set to air live on the major ESPN network.
While Lopez is undefeated at 15-0, he’ll be the underdog going into his bout with Lomachenko. You wouldn’t know it judging by how Lopez has been carrying himself in the leadup to this title clash. Appearing on ESPN’s First Take, Lopez explained what he thinks went south for Lomachenko’s past opposition (via Boxing Scene).
“He’s a great fighter and has all of the accolades and achievements, and everything that he’s done. This is for all or nothing,” Lopez said. “He’s very talented, and so am I. A lot of these fighters respect this man too much. I’m in the fight game. I respect no man once I am in that ring. That’s what we’re going to do. I get the job done against every fighter that I face.”
Lopez defeated Richard Commey in his last outing to capture the IBF gold. Lopez ended the fight early, scoring a second-round TKO finish. It’s Lopez’s first major world championship and he’s hoping to add more gold to his mantle with a victory over Lomachenko.
Lomachenko has built an impressive resume over the past few years. He’s beaten the likes of Jorge Linares, Guillermo Rigondeaux, and Gary Russell Jr. A win over Lopez would add to his already impressive list of career achievements.