Whoever wins the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Teofimo Lopez fight won’t owe his opponent a rematch.
Lopez confirmed during a recent appearance on the DAZN/SiriusXM “Ak And Barak Show” that there is not a rematch clause in the contracts for their lightweight title unification fight. Ukraine’s Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) and Brooklyn’s Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs) are scheduled to meet October 17 in a 12-round main event ESPN will air from MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.
“There ain’t no rematch clause, and I know why,” Lopez said. “But it is what it is.”
Lopez didn’t elaborate on why there isn’t a rematch clause in their contracts. If Lopez upsets the favored Lomachenko, the IBF 135-pound champion will focus on facing someone other than the three-division champion in his following fight.
“We’ve gotta wait and see, man,” Lopez said. “Right now, it’s this fight and then, you know, I’ll plan it out afterwards, to see what we can do. You know? Whatever the future holds, you know, obviously y’all see that I’m not the type of fighter to just talk my stuff and not back it up, you know? And I step up to the plate all the time, you know? If you don’t like me, and I definitely don’t like you, we’re gonna make that fight happen. I’ll throw it out there. You know, I don’t duck or dodge no fighter. How do you expect to the be the best if you limit yourself? You know what I mean?
“How [are] you shorting yourself? Like, I didn’t need to take this fight. You know what I mean? I didn’t need to take this fight, but I wanted to take this fight. Not because of who I’m facing, but because of the achievements I’m about to get from it. You know what I mean? Becoming undisputed lightweight world champion. You know what I mean?”
Handicappers have made the 32-year-old Lomachenko at least a 3-1 favorite over Lopez. Nevertheless, Lopez is nine years younger than the WBA/WBO lightweight champion and the two-time Olympic gold medalist will end a 13-month layoff the night he enters the ring to oppose Lopez.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.