WBO, WBA, IBF World Lightweight Title Fight: Lomachenko vs. Lopez (TV: ESPN)
Saturday, October 17th, Prelims 7:30 PM ET (ESPN), Main Card 10:00 PM ET (ESPN), MGM Grand Conference Center, Paradise, Nevada
Lightweight WBO, WBA, IBF World Title Fight: Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1) vs. Teofimo Lopez Jr. (15-0)
Fight odds: Vasiliy Lomachenko -400 Teofimo Lopez Jr. +315
The fight is finally here, the one that boxing fans have been clamoring for ever since it was announced. The fight will be for Lomachenko’s WBO and WBA lightweight titles and Lopez’s IBF lightweight title. Devin Haney is the WBC lightweight champion. Lomachenko is 32, 5’7 and 135 lbs. with a 65.5 inch reach. Lopez is 23, 5’8 and 135 lbs. with a 68.5 inch reach. The fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez Jr. has been highly anticipated because of the clash of styles. Lomachenko is an extermely skilled boxer that utilizes amazing footwork and combination punching to overwhelm his opponents. Lopez is a power puncher capable of ending the fight with one punch.
However, Lomachenko has the advantage in experience, speed and boxing fundamentals. Lopez has the advantage in size, strength, punching power and youth. Lomachenko has fought higher quality opponents than Lopez with wins over Luke Campbell, Jose Pedraza, Jorge Linares and Guillermo Rigondeaux. Lopez has never fought those fighters and lacks the resume that Lomachenko has. Lopez has beaten fighters like Richard Commey and Edis Tatli. Lomachenko will be a huge step up in competition for Lopez who hasn’t fought elite fighters in the past. This fight may be coming too early in Lopez’s career since he is only 23 years old while Lomachhenko is 32. Lomachenko has more experience than Lopez with a vast amateur record before becoming a professional and should be able to outbox him without too much trouble.
Lopez’s most realistic chance of winning would be to knock out Lomachenko. However, Lomachenko is a slick boxer that has mastered the art of being able to hit and not get hit. Expect Lopez to tire as the fight gets to the later rounds because he will be missing with most of his punches. Lomachenko will continue to use his footwork and balance to outsmart Lopez and stymie any chance Lopez has of gaining a rhythm with his punches. This could be a case of the teacher schooling the student and Lopez could get embarrassed against the lightning quick Lomachenko. Lomachenko makes great fighters look ordinary and can switch stances and adjust to how the fight is going. Lomachenko’s talent, skill and killer instinct is what makes him a special fighter.
Lopez can end the fight with one punch and Lomachenko will need to watch out for the left hook and right hand. Expect Lomachenko to outbox him for most of the rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory. Lopez is a great knockout artist with 12 wins by knockout and 3 by decision. Lomachenko has 10 wins by knockout and 4 by decision. Oftentimes, Lomachenko’s opponents have refused to come out for the next round because they don’t want to continue to get embarrassed and overwhelmed by him. Because of this he has garnered the nickname, “Nomaschenko” and should be able to flummox Lopez with his overwhelming skill set and speed. Don’t miss this fight, tune into ESPN for the biggest fight of 2020.