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Top Rank Prez: Lomachenko is a Big Task For Teofimo Lopez

Todd Duboef, President of Top Rank, is still working out the final details of the highly anticipated lightweight showdown between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez, which is going to take place in the coming months in New York City.

Lomachenko holds the WBA, WBO titles, and the WBC 'franchise' belt. Lopez recently captured the IBF world title with a brutal two round knockout of Richard Commey in December. Lomachenko was at ringside for that fight.

Lopez has been calling for a fight with Lomachenko since 2018.


Lomachenko stated, in several interviews, that he wouldn't face Lopez until he capture a world title.

Now that Lopez captured a world title - Lomachenko is very game to get him in the ring.

"He loves to collect titles," said DuBoef to Sky Sports. "He wants to fight the best guys. He takes the hardware to heart.

"It is a big task for Lopez to chew off one of the pound-for-pound kings. It is a fascinating fight that offers a lot of issues for both guys. Lomachenko is a legend and has earned that status very quickly. Lopez is just somebody standing in the way of the hardware that he wants to put around his waist."

Another boxer recently signed by Top Rank, is WBA, IBF bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue of Japan.

Inoue, who some view as the next fighter to overtake Lomachenko as the pound-for-pound king, is facing WBO champion Jonriel Casimero on April 25 in Las Vegas.

"He has this telegenic style," DuBoef said. "Boxing enthusiasts have a great appreciation for him so we wanted to bring him to America to get him more exposure.

"In essence, he is like Manny Pacquiao, a kid from Asia with dynamite in both hands. The project would be similar. His opponents have a Hispanic base, like Pacquiao's. Inoue is a real push of positive energy."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by a.rihn on 03-13-2020

If and when this fight gets made, I think it is big props to both fighters. They're both taking a risk; the dynamic is similar in some ways to Inoue-Donaire from the end of 2019. Except Lopez is a little…

Comment by TexasCowBoy on 03-12-2020

Stank davis gets the winner of Loma vs Lopez.......The Boxing Community should demand justice from stank for beating up his X- Girlfriend ... what better way for stank to atone than to fight Loma or Teo

Comment by Realdeal123 on 03-11-2020

Jeff horns is nicknamed the dirty fighter of this era...he like to use his forehead as weapons to headbutt opponents to cut up their faces

Comment by PRchamp on 03-11-2020

[QUOTE=MASTER OF you;20454729]bob arum already said the fight won't happen until after march madness ncaa tournament is over as they don't want to go head to head with college basketball. so that rules out march and early april. the fight…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 03-11-2020

This fight should have been announced already. They are waiting until Teofimo can't make the weight anymore

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