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Lopez: They're Gonna Use Every Excuse In The Book When I Beat Lomachenko

LAS VEGAS – Teofimo Lopez anticipates hearing virtually every excuse imaginable when he beats Vasiliy Lomachenko on Saturday night.

 

That’s to be expected, Lopez explained, when he shocks skeptics by beating Lomachenko, who is listed as a 4-1 favorite in their lightweight title unification fight.

“Man, they’re gonna use every excuse in the book,” Lopez told BoxingScene.com. “I was too big. That wasn’t his weight class. He’s getting too old. He’s not in his prime. ‘If Teofimo would’ve fought him in his prime, it would’ve been different.’ I mean, they’re gonna use all those excuses, so I don’t give a sh*t. People are gonna talk, and I don’t care. Let ‘em. … I don’t care about that, man. They’re gonna talk. You know, people are gonna talk because they’re just mad that we’re doing it.”

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Lomachenko himself has dismissed talk of him being “old” at the age of 32. Brooklyn’s Lopez is nine years younger than Lomachenko, but both lightweight champions have just 15 fights on their professional records.

Ukraine’s Lomachenko has, however, discussed the possibility of moving back down to the junior lightweight division after opposing Lopez. Lomachenko is 4-0 since he gave up the WBO 130-pound crown early in 2018 to move up to the lightweight limit of 135 pounds.

The three-division champion’s lightweight debut was very competitive, until he stopped Jorge Linares with a perfectly placed body shot in the 10th round in May 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Venezuela’s Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) knocked Lomachenko to the canvas with a right hand late in the sixth round of that bout and was ahead on one scorecard entering the 10th round (86-84, 85-85, 84-86).

The two-time Olympic gold medalist still is commonly considered at least one of the top three boxers, pound-for-pound, in the sport. That’s why Lopez won’t tolerate doubters downplaying what clearly would be the biggest victory of his four-year pro career.

“They’re gonna try to downsize the fact that, you know, at 23, I’m going to become undisputed world champion,” Lopez said, “and be the fifth one in this era. It’s great, man. I’m just honored for it, and I know that with the law of attraction, I believe everything is gonna happen the way it needs to.”

Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) and Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs) will meet in a main event ESPN will televise from MGM Grand Conference Center (10 p.m. ET; 7 p.m. PT). They’ll fight for Lopez’s IBF belt and Lomachenko’s WBA and WBO titles, as well as his WBC franchise championship. 

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

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Comment by djb914 on 10-17-2020

I winder what excuse Teofimo Lopez will lose after he loses to Lomachenko Tonight. Lopez can punch like hell, no question, other than that, he is a good fighter, but nothing special, look at the Nakatani fight (Nakatani is also…

Comment by vitali1999 on 10-17-2020

This guy talking like he already won the fight. Gonna suck for him and his fans if he loses

Comment by Songbird on 10-17-2020

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Comment by 1hourRun on 10-17-2020

[QUOTE=Songbird;20816423]You what, i wouldn't be surprised, he gets so emotional after his loss that he actually does that, good spot[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=alexnation;20816426]Lopez is packing his backpack already to go to school. Professor Loma will bring some textbooks[/QUOTE]

Comment by alexnation on 10-17-2020

[QUOTE=1hourRun;20816418] Teofimo, is coming out tonight on the world-stage via ESPN like Y2J's epic WWE debut, against the 'Great One' The Rock Dwayne Johnson. Teo is going to break down that wall, and NSB and Bumchenko will never, eevvverrr be…

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