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Teofimo Lopez vs. Masayoshi Nakatani IBF Eliminator, July 19

Rising lightweight star Teofimo Lopez could be one fight away from a world title shot, as he's going to face unbeaten Masayoshi Nakatani in the main event of a Top Rank card from the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti confirmed the information to Yahoo Sports.

Lopez was in action last month on the pay-per-view undercard to Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden in New York City. As the co-featured attraction of the card, he battered and stopped Edis Tatli.

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Lopez (13-0, 11 KOs) is ranked at #4 by the IBF, while Nakatani (18-0, 12 KOs) is at #3. The rating position for number 1 and 2 are both vacant.

Top Rank, who promote Lopez, would like to get him in a mandatory position to collide with IBF lightweight champion Richard Commey.

If Lopez defeats Commey, it would open the door for a unification with WBA/WBO champion Vasiliy Lomachenko in a pay-per-view bout by the first quarter of 2020.

Lopez has been pressing high and wide for a clash with Lomachenko and wants to have that contest happen by the end of 2019 - threatening that he might not be able to make the lightweight limit in 2020. But Lomachenko sees no reason to fight him without a world title being at stake.

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Comment by Ajvar on 05-07-2019

[QUOTE=BoxingIsGreat;19722470]Because a certain fighter told him to get a belt first, so Lopez went that route. I predict Lopez will move to 140 soon. Arum doesn't have much influence on the WBC.[/QUOTE] [B][U] [URL="https://www.boxingscene.com/lomachenko-vs-campbell-approved-vacant-wbc-title--138767"]And then WBC orders Loma's mandatory status…

Comment by BoxingIsGreat on 05-06-2019

[QUOTE=Ajvar;19722432]Lopez - Campbell never happens, Arum made sure of it making Masayoshi Nakatani* fight for some reason.[/QUOTE] Because a certain fighter told him to get a belt first, so Lopez went that route. I predict Lopez will move to 140…

Comment by Ajvar on 05-06-2019

[QUOTE=BoxingIsGreat;19722326]Our bet was, I think, if Lopez vs Campbell happened. I said I had Lopez by KO. Did we talk about betting on Vargas-Berchelt? Can't remember. I don't like either fighter that much to bet. I'm rooting for Vargas tho.…

Comment by BoxingIsGreat on 05-06-2019

[QUOTE=Ajvar;19722251]I have 14,000 total points, whatever that is. Tell me how to make a bet here on these virtual thing so I would put 4,000 points on Berchelt's victory against your bet of Vargas'.[/QUOTE] Our bet was, I think, if…

Comment by Ajvar on 05-06-2019

[QUOTE=BoxingIsGreat;19712603]Looking forward to it. War Vargas!:boxing:[/QUOTE] I have 14,000 total points, whatever that is. Tell me how to make a bet here on these virtual thing so I would put 4,000 points on Berchelt's victory against your bet of Vargas'.

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