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Event Lightweight Unification World Championship Bout: Lomachenko vs. Lopez. Main card begins at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+.

Lomachenko or Lopez?

  • Vasiliy Lomachenko

    Votes: 9 81.8%
  • Teofimo Lopez Jr.

    Votes: 2 18.2%

  • Total voters
    11
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MaestroMike

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WBO and WBA lightweight world titlist and WBC "franchise" champion Vasiliy Lomachenko faces IBF world titleholder Teofimo Lopez Jr. at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 17. The bout will headline a stacked Top Rank card that begins with prelims at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+. The main card will start at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs), ESPN's No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Luke Campbell on Aug. 31, 2019, that unified the WBO, WBA and WBC belts. A few months later, Lomachenko was stripped of his WBC title and instead named the franchise champion. Interim titlist Devin Haney was given the WBC world title.

Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs) has taken the boxing world by storm with his knockout victories and postfight celebrations that have included Fortnite dances and backflips. He won the IBF title with an impressive second-round KO of Richard Commey in December.

Lopez and his father and trainer, Teofimo Lopez Sr., have been calling out Ukraine's Lomachenko -- and predicting a victory -- for a long time.

"It's not going to even last three rounds," Lopez Sr. recently told ESPN. "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."

Lomachenko and Lopez seem to have a real dislike for each other, with the trash talk starting months before the bout.

"Yeah, this is personal. I just think he is a conniving son of a b----," Lopez said in an episode of ESPN's Blood, Sweat and Tears: Lomachenko vs. Lopez. "In order to get respect, you gotta give respect, and the way you carry yourself and the way you look at certain people, man ... I've seen you, I've been around you. I don't like you. I know how you may approach me as more like a piece of gum in the shoe or something."

The comments seem to have rattled Lomachenko, who's primarily a quiet and respectful fighter.

"In my country, if you insult somebody, you'd better be prepared for them to hurt you," Lomachenko said on the same show. "If we were back in my country, he would learn pretty quick that he can't run his mouth like that."

Former two-division world titlist and current ESPN boxing analyst Timothy Bradley Jr. believes this could be a night to remember.

"There is a real possibility that this young, strong kid could beat Lomachenko," Bradley said. "I've been in boxing for 26 years, and upsets happen. We always seemingly glorify one particular fighter because of his special talent inside the ring. But we forget about the other fighter like he has no advantages or talent. Lopez is a real live hungry young lion. He is bigger in size because he is a natural lightweight, whereas Lomachenko is not."

The confident Lopez, 22, is hoping for a knockout victory.

"I gotta knock this guy out," Lopez said on First Take. "Look, I'm not going to look for a knockout. If it comes, it comes, but I know that I trust my abilities ... and I trust the fact that I'm only getting stronger. And the fact that we've rested for this long, it's going to be a bad night for this man. ... Everybody loves knockouts. What I do is very exciting, you know. And I'm just a young, hungry fighter, and a lot of people may call me arrogant, but when it comes to my sport, I'm very good at what I do."


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Lopez wins !



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MaestroMike

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Dang I don't think my poll went through ! Who do you guys think will win Lomachenko or Lopez?? I'm picking Lomachenko but I'm also definitely watching to see if Lopez can pull an upset ! Should be an interesting fight!
 
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Should be a great fight. Loma moving up to fight a heavy hitting counter puncher.

I voted Lomachenko. The Matrix imo is boxing at the highest level. Backing Lomachenko & Korean zombie at the ufc event just before this main. Team LoKo.
 
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MastAndo

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A little too quick on that stoppage, but starting a career with 15 first round KO's is insane. Berlanga is a dangerous man.
 
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MaestroMike

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Lets go baby!!! Final bet is on Lomachenko I don't think it'll go the distance and he'll end it! :messenger_beaming:
 

MastAndo

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Loma woke up. I expect him to go like that the rest of the way. Still, at best, I think he's down 5-3 .
 

MastAndo

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Well that was something. I could see a draw or Loma decision happening, though I think Lopez took it with that last round.

EDIT: WOW. One judge had it 119-109 though?!
 
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Hell na, saw loma winning or draw, but this is how these business guys make money in this sport build up the young undefeated fighter. He did a good job though congrats to him. 🤷‍♂️