Lomanchenko-Lopez Showdown: A Battle of Boxing Prowess Vs. Raw Power
A unification fight between lightweight sensation Vasyl “The Matrix” Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) and knockout artist Teofimo “The Takeover” Lopez Jr. (15-0, 12 KOs) was set for October 2020. Ukrainian boxer Lomachenko currently holds the WBC, WBO and WBA lightweight belts and would like to take the only belt he has yet to win from Lopez’s 135-pound IBF crown. Lopez Jr., who is American, claimed the IBF title when he knocked out Richard Commey in December 2019.
It will be a very exciting fight, as it will be a clash between boxing prowess and raw power. Although Lomachenko has fought high-level opponents at 135 pounds before, his fight against Lopez Jr. presents a great risk considering the high knockout percentage rate the American boxer has on his record. Lopez Jr. has an impeccable record of 15 wins, 12 of which come by knockout.
In an interview posted on his YouTube channel, Lomachenko had this to say about his incoming fight with Lopez Jr.: “I am preparing for Lopez. I am preparing for joining the match and the conquering of the next title. We intentionally did not hold any interim fights to avoid the risk of another injury in the interim. There is a huge desire to get boxing, to spar, because it’s like a child who hasn’t played with a favorite toy. I miss it, and I would like to speed up the events. I can switch to fight mode in an instant.”
Three-division champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko would earn at least $ 3.25 million for this fight, while Lopez Jr., on the other hand, would settle for a $ 1.5 million offer. And it seemed like it never bothered him if there would be fewer fans to watch the fight considering the crowd restrictions that are imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic: “I think the Lopez fight is going to feel like a sparring match, most probably something like that. I have tried to picture it in my head, see what it would look like, in an empty hall. For me, the competition is inside the ring. So who watches that. The main thing is that the judges are there, and they are able to define the strongest one. Whether people watch it live or on TV is secondary.”
In a span of two years, IBF lightweight champion Lopez Jr. and his outspoken father Lopez Sr. have been clamoring for a unified fight against unified champion Lomachenko. After a series of extensive negotiations and public comments regarding such a showdown, a deal was finally secured and sealed for a unification fight scheduled for October 2020. But Lopez Sr. also stole the spotlight in an interview upon learning that his son’s fight against Lomachenko was a done deal. The elder Lopez has bragged that his son will knock out Lomachenko in three rounds.
Would you agree with this bold prediction of him about the outcome of the fight? Or would it be the other way around? However, one thing is for sure, it would be a very interesting and exciting fight to watch. Imagine watching Thor use his hammer as a fist as he takes on the very elusive “LoMatrix”.