Teofimo Lopez just won the IBF Lightweight title last Saturday against former champion, Richard Commey, after knocking him out in the second round. The 22-year-old Honduran-American boxer has been on a tear recently in the lightweight division, continuing his undefeated record of 15-0-0 with 13 of those wins via KOs.
The rising star has climbed up the ranks, but not without a few challenges. The lightweight champion faced one of the biggest trials of his career, when he faced off against elite fighter, Commey. There was speculation on whether or not the young challenger would be able to step up to the task of a world title this early in his career, and risk smearing his perfect record with a potential lose. Despite this, Vegas’ odds indicated that a lot of people had high hopes for Teofimo at a -300 favourite compared to Commey at +240. Not disappointing the crowd, Teofimo put Commey away with a beautiful display of raw power and clean technique.
Now that Teofimo has proven himself as an elite boxer, it begs the question, how will a fight between arguably, the current best pound for pound fighter, Vasily Lomachenko would unfold to unify the belts? The newly crowned champion has been gunning along the whole time for a fight with the Ukrainian phenome. Lopez responded to who he wanted next. “You guys know who y’all want next man. 2020 it’ll be going down, but as of right now, Imma finish the year enjoying life”.
Lopez Sr, his father, has put Lomachenko on blast before, having predicted over two years ago that his son would cross paths with Lomachenko. Lopez Sr stated “two years ago I told people that we were going to take Lomachenko’s head off, because he is a lying champion… In March or April of 2020, we will end Lomachenko”.
Lomachenko who was ringside the night of the fight, finally had to acknowledge the new champion. “Who is he in this game?” via Fighthype.com. “He has the power, of course. He is a smart fighter. … Now he is a world champion, and now he is interesting for me …”
Lomachenko is currently the Ring/WBA/WBO lightweight belt holder, and a potential fight with Teofimo to add the IBF title to unify only makes sense. Now that Loma has recognized the potential challenge that Lopez poses, the two fighters are looking to face-off sometime around April or May of 2020. Toprank promoter, Bob Arum, has suggested an indefinite date and venue to be held at Madison Square Garden either on April 11th or April 20th in the new year. “We’re looking for April,” said Arum via FightHype. Current odds have set the potential fight at -400 (4-1) for Lomachenko as the betting favourite and Lopez sitting at nearly 3-1 odds (+275). Expect fireworks to fly between these two great boxers sometime in April.