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Arum: If Lopez Wins, We're Planning Loma-Lopez For March/April

Bob Arum is more confident than Teofimo Lopez about Vasiliy Lomachenko fighting Lopez next if Lopez beats Richard Commey on Saturday night.

Brooklyn’s Lopez said during a recent interview with BoxingScene.com that he thinks there’s just a “50-50” chance Lomachenko would fight him if Lopez wins the IBF lightweight title from Commey at Madison Square Garden in New York (https://www.boxingscene.com/lopez-only-50-percent-confident-lomachenko-fight-him--144643). Arum, however, informed BoxingScene.com that the percentages are “95-5” for Lomachenko-Lopez taking place as soon as March or April if Lopez (14-0, 11 KOs) overcomes Commey (29-2, 26 KOs) in their 12-round, 135-pound title fight.

“Well, it’s 50-50 now that it would happen,” Arum told BoxingScene.com. “But if he beats Commey, I think it’s 95-5 that it would happen. In boxing, any kind of crazy thing can happen. A fighter can get hurt. But that’s what we’re planning, for that fight to be the next fight. Loma’s on board. Teofimo sounds like he’s on board. So yeah, that’s the next fight. But obviously, it’s dependent on Teofimo winning on Saturday.”

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Arum added that Lomachenko won’t take another bout before opposing Lopez if Lopez were to win Saturday night.

“It’d like for it to happen in March, but it may have to go over into April because of the tournament,” Arum said, referring to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. “That part, whether it’s March or April, is up to the guys who pay us [ESPN]. So many people watch the tournament, why would you go up against a sporting event that the whole country is talking about?”

If Lopez conquers Commey, he would own the only recognized lightweight title Lomachenko hasn’t won. Ukraine’s Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) holds the WBA and WBO 135-pound crowns and has been elevated to the status of franchise champion by the WBC.

If it happens, Arum expects ESPN to offer Lomachenko-Lopez live on the network, not ESPN+, the network’s $5-per-month streaming service.

“That is the plan,” Arum said. “But again, that’s not within my purview. In other words, if they say we need that fight on ESPN+ to get more subscribers, so be it. That’s what it’ll be.”

ESPN will broadcast Commey-Lopez as part of a tripleheader Saturday night (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). The 22-year-old Lopez, Commey’s mandatory challenger, is listed as a slight favorite to defeat the defending champion from Ghana.

In the main event Saturday night, Terence Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, is scheduled to defend his WBO welterweight title against Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17 KOs). Lithuania’s Kavaliauskas is Crawford’s mandatory challenger.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Truth Serum on 12-12-2019

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;20248084]Because Easter beat him and Mikey Garcia only lost like 3 rounds to him. How you think Loma look if he struggles with Comney??? All that BS Loma would beat Mikey would be laughed at. Or Mikey ducked him![/QUOTE] You…

Comment by indelible on 12-12-2019

[QUOTE=Phill lynott;20249931]The implication is why does Lopez automatically get the shot at the best, if he wins? What has he done to earn that? Really? Here it is if you want to read between the lines.. Lopez young and with…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 12-12-2019

[QUOTE=Realizniguhnit;20248227]I just think it's more of a lack of discipline like we often see with a lot of other fighters. They try to use the ole out grown the weight class as an excuse when they have a bad performance…

Comment by Phill lynott on 12-12-2019

[QUOTE=indelible;20248229]Are you implying that Commey has a better shot than Lopez does at beating Loma?[/QUOTE] The implication is why does Lopez automatically get the shot at the best, if he wins? What has he done to earn that? Really? Here…

Comment by Phill lynott on 12-12-2019

I don't think anyone has a chance against Loma

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