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Lopez On Lomachenko Rematch: For What? Same Thing Will Happen Again

LAS VEGAS – Teofimo Lopez appreciates the opportunity Vasiliy Lomachenko gave him Saturday night.

The fully unified lightweight champion just doesn’t think there’s any reason they should fight again. Lopez believes a rematch would unfold similar to how he beat Lomachenko in their 12-round, 135-pound title unification fight.

There is not a rematch clause in their contracts, therefore it would be up to Lopez to grant Lomachenko a rematch. Ukraine’s Lomachenko, 32, might move back down to the 130-pound division and might not want a second shot at Lopez.

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Lomachenko didn’t attend a post-fight press conference at MGM Grand, but the three-division champion didn’t mention a rematch in his post-fight interview with ESPN’s Mark Kriegel.

If Lomachenko requests one, Lopez wouldn’t see the point after out-boxing an opponent who was generally regarded as one of the top three fighters, pound-for-pound, in the sport.

“For what? For what?,” Lopez asked during the press conference. “I beat him, and I did everything that I had to [do] to beat him. If anything, it’ll happen again, the same thing. There was no rematch clause for a reason. Now I can talk my sh-t. They had it pretty much where they didn’t give me a rematch clause for a reason.

“And they gave me a contract on the side, pretty much saying, like, ‘If you lose, this is what you’re gonna get for your next fights,’ pretty much predicting that I’m gonna lose. It’s fine. Now, you know, they’ve just gotta eat it up, suck it up. And now it’s time for us to take over and move forward. That’s it. I told y’all, man, out with the old, in the with new.”

The 23-year-old Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) won by huge margins on two of the three scorecards. Judge Tim Cheatham scored eight rounds for Lopez (116-112), but Julie Lederman (119-109) and Steve Weisfeld (117-111) respectively scored 11 and nine rounds for Lopez.

Lopez retained his IBF lightweight title and took the WBA “super”, WBC “franchise” and WBO 135-pound crowns from Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs). Brooklyn’s Lopez has plenty of options whether he remains at the lightweight limit of 135 pounds or moves up to the junior welterweight division for his next fight.

His father/trainer, Teofimo Lopez Sr., agrees that there is no reason for boxing’s youngest fully unified champion in the four-belt era to battle Lomachenko again.

“I mean, if the fight would’ve been close, maybe, you know,” Lopez Sr. said. 

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

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Phill lynott on 10-19-2020

Selfish punk! Got lucky to earn a draw and knows he gets sent back to grade school in the rematch. Funny, I never seen a boxer cower like him when pressured. And a smaller older fighter going up in weight…

Comment by JLC on 10-19-2020

[QUOTE=RoyJonesJrp4pno1;20822801]I want to see a rematch. Loma will know he can't start fighting in round 7 in a rematch.[/QUOTE] You mean he didn’t know that in the first fight ? He stopped Rigo in 6, Walters in 7, Crolla in…

Comment by BodyBagz on 10-19-2020

[QUOTE=Boxingfanatic75;20823883]Coward? Huh? Where does boxing find its “fans?” Lopez literally bent Loma over, painted t I t t I e s on his back and [B]rode him through 12 rounds[/B]? Why the F would he want a rematch when he…

Comment by BodyBagz on 10-19-2020

Teo would be an idiot if he thought Loma would give away 6 rds in a rematch

Comment by Boxingfanatic75 on 10-19-2020

[QUOTE=Jc8804;20823439]This is a 36 round fight and lopez is already b**ching out. Thats a shame.. Either he can do it again or cant and he is already walking away .. this is dissapointing .. lopez is a coward[/QUOTE] Coward? Huh?…

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