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Lomachenko-Lopez: Arum Hopes To Bring it To MSG On May 30

Bob Arum hopes to finalize a deal for the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Teofimo Lopez fight by the end of next week.

Negotiations are ongoing with representatives for Lomachenko and Lopez, but the lightweight champions haven’t agreed to purses for their highly anticipated 135-pound showdown. Arum met Wednesday with Egis Klimas, Lomachenko’s manager, at his company’s headquarters in Las Vegas and has been in communication with David McWater, Lopez’s manager.

Arum told that he wants to bring the Lomachenko-Lopez fight to Madison Square Garden on May 30, but neither the venue nor the date have been finalized.

“Everything is being worked out, but [May 30th] is our working date,” Arum said. “And it belongs in The Garden. That’s a New York fight.”


It hasn’t been determined if Lomachenko-Lopez will air live on ESPN, will be streamed on ESPN+ or will headline and ESPN pay-per-view show. Regardless, Arum wants to come to an agreement with Lomachenko and Lopez by the end of next week to capitalize on all the attention that’ll be paid to the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury heavyweight championship rematch scheduled for February 22 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“My goal is to finalize the fight prior to February 22nd,” Arum said, “so with that huge audience we can announce it on the telecast.”

Wilder-Fury II is a joint pay-per-view venture between ESPN and FOX Sports.

Arum’s Top Rank Inc., which co-promotes Fury, has an exclusive deal with ESPN. Al Haymon, who advises Wilder, has a similar agreement with FOX Sports to televise his Premier Boxing Champions series.

While numerous details need to be worked out to finalize their lightweight title unification fight, Ukraine’s Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) and Brooklyn’s Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs) aren’t considering other options. Assuming they come to an agreement, they’ll fight for Lomachenko’s WBA and WBO lightweight titles and Lopez’s IBF belt. 

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

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by 7NN on 02-16-2020

10th round stoppage for Loma

Comment by TarasMarcenko on 02-15-2020

[url][/url] Ditto.

Comment by Mario g on 02-14-2020

I wonder what's taking so long to finalize the fight? Money? Location? Vada testing? Cmon Bob tell us.:twak: If the fight happens Loma is going to take a green Lopez to school. It will be a great learning experience for…

Comment by MH brit on 02-14-2020

Am looking forward to this fight. This is a toss up as am consern !

Comment by The tucker on 02-14-2020

[QUOTE=The3;20388695]1 Does this fight have VADA testing 2 Why not take the Saudi Arabia money and od Loma/Lopez and Berchelt/Valdez on the same card given all 4 men a solid pay check[/QUOTE] If they take this fight to SA then…

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