With the epic clash between Lomachenko and Lopez is only less than 2 weeks away, Lomachenko has some kind words for the man he will face inside the ring on October 17. The two will compete for a unification title under Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions, which is considered the biggest fight of pandemic-stricken 2020. Lomachenko is the current WBA and WBO lightweight champion, while Lopez holds the IBF championship belt.
In an interview with ESPN’s Max Kellerman, the Ukrainian boxer admits that he doesn’t take Lopez’s abilities lightly. “He is an excellent puncher, he has a high boxing IQ, he is younger, but we have the same fights on the list,” said Lomachenko.
“I have vast experience during my fights in 12 rounds. So we will see how he can hold his own during the fight. I started to watch his fights, and I started to learn about him. I saw his boxing IQ, and he understands what he needs to do. He starts to feel his opponents very well. So we’ll see. It’ll be a very interesting fight for all of the boxing family.”
It will be Lomachenko’s fourth WBA title defense and third time for his WBO belt. Lopez, on the other hand, will put his IBF belt on the line for the first time. The lucky winner will have only one hurdle to overcome in the 135-pound division, and that is the WBC belt currently held by Devin Haney.
Although Lomachenko’s natural weight as a boxer is 130, he likes to unify all the belts in the 135-pound division, and he needs to get past Lopez first and then do his best to take the WBC crown. “135 is not my weight class. For me, my weight class that is more comfortable is 130, but I need four belts. I need to be the undisputed world champion. That’s why I moved to 135.”
The showdown will take place at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. So mark it on your calendar, October 17 is the date. The pandemic may have deprived us of some of the biggest fights we all wanted to see, but this is sure to be the biggest fight of 2020.