Teofimo Lopez v Loma Happening in September
According to his father and trainer, Teofimo Lopez Sr, IBF world lightweight champion Teofimo “El Brooklyn” Lopez (15-0, 12 KO’s) will be fighting WBO, WBA and WBC ‘Franchise’ world lightweight champion Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KO’s) in September. The verbose chief second revealed the late breaking news in an exclusive interview with EsNews.
The two were already scheduled to square off against one another next. However, those plans were cast into limbo when global protocols for COVID-19 were put into place. Even worse, not only were fights in general cancelled, but the Ukrainian born Lomachenko was out of the country when travel bans went into effect.
Meaning that even if fights were resumed, there’d be no guarantee that Hi-Tech would be able to come to the states and compete.
With no fights firmly secured on the books, El Brooklyn took to social media calling out a number of his fellow lightweight fighters. Now, there appears to be no need to search for an opponent.
“We are going to get the chance to fight for all the marbles in September with Lomachenko. I just found out too that Lomachenko has no ban coming into the United States. So Bob Arum, right now, is working on trying to bring him into the United States, I think he will probably be in here by next week. So that fight is definitely going to happen in September. It’s so amazing, I’ve been waiting for this moment, I’ve been waiting for them to tell me this news!” ~Teofimo Lopez Sr, Teofimo Lopez’s father and chief second
If this turns out to be actual fact, this is extremely good news for fight fans. Let’s just hope that there are no further bumps in the road for making this bout a reality.
By: Bakari Simpson