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Lomachenko on Toughest Foes: Campbell, Garcia - NOT Lopez

By Gilbert Manzano

Vasiliy Lomachenko apologized for his English speaking skills after he knocked out Anthony Crolla with a right hand in the fourth round Friday to retain his WBO/WBA lightweight belts.

There was no need to apologize. The pound-for-pound king, according to many, got his point across.

Lomachenko didn’t need a translator for his witty one-liners during the postfight news conference.

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After being informed by a reporter that Crolla was down in the dumps because of the knockout loss, Lomachenko offered his condolences, sort of.

“I’m so sorry,” said Lomachenko, drawing laughter from the crowd.

Lomachenko’s comedy routine didn’t end there and it came at the expense of Teofimo Lopez.

The Ukrainian fighter was then asked to rank who would be his most difficult opponents between Luke Campbell, Mikey Garcia and Lopez.

“I think most harder it would be Campbell, second place Mikey, and second Mikey,” Lomachenko said with a grin.

Obviously, Lomachenko didn’t forget about Lopez, but that could be his way of telling the brash 21-year-old he’s not ready for matchup with him.

Lopez said he didn’t take offense to Lomachenko leaving him off the list. He wants to earn Lomachenko’s respect by winning a world title later this year.

“I don’t feel disrespected,” Lopez said about Lomachenko’s comments. “I’m not upset. Keep doing what you’re doing, man. Keep saying those things.”

Lopez had a front row seat for Lomachenko’s dominant performance, but he was on his phone for the duration of the fight.

Bob Arum, the promoter for Lopez and Lomachenko, said his ideal plan for 2019 would be for Lomachenko to fight Garcia in a unification bout and Lopez to challenge Richard Commey for the IBF belt.

If the Top Rank fighters come out victorious, Arum wants a Lomachenko-Lopez bout for all the lightweight belts next year right after the Super Bowl.

“I feel like the fight (with Lomachenko) could happen,” Lopez said. “That’s if Top Rank pushes it, which they will. Loma doesn’t want to mention me at all because there’s no world title. He doesn’t want to give me the satisfaction.” 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BillyBoxing on 04-15-2019

[QUOTE=Jab jab boom;19659412]silly me, I assumed fights that would garner the most interest would likely translate into better business, hence more money. So now you're saying that fighting Campbell is better for business and will get Loma a bigger pay…

Comment by _original_ on 04-14-2019

Campbell is absolute trash, I don't want another Loma bum bash. At least Lopez (if he beats Commey for a belt) brings excitement, a dangerous unknown element, and eagerness to rip Loma's head off. Not to mention the kid will…

Comment by Jab jab boom on 04-14-2019

[QUOTE=BillyBoxing;19659374]Lopez beating Campbell remains to be seen. Lopez is a fight that American fans wants to see because Lopez has been hyped by uncle bob on TV beating cans that even crolla would beat up, let alone Campbell. Lopez is…

Comment by BillyBoxing on 04-14-2019

[QUOTE=Butch.McRae;19659129]Lopez beats Campbell whenever they fight, period. Let's not deflect here lol[/QUOTE] Maybe but it remains to be seen Lopez never fought someone top 50, Campbell did multiple times.

Comment by BillyBoxing on 04-14-2019

[QUOTE=Jab jab boom;19657831]what narrative changing do you speak of? Stop making things up to try and prove your point. My point remains that lopez is a fight that fans want to see, definitely more so than a fight with Campbell.…

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