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Teofimo Lopez Finally Gets His Title Shot Against Lomachenko

On September 19th, the young lion tests the veteran

The world will finally be getting more of the fights the fans want to see.

On the heels of a successful return to action, Top Rank is not making the fans wait for Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez.

According to Top Rank’s Bob Arum, the fight, which was originally supposed to take place in May, could have a date of Sept. 19.

The fight come on the heels of other planned matches like Leo Santa Cruz vs. Gervonta “Tank” Davis, Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III and potentially Errol Spence vs. Danny Garcia.

Fans of “Hi-Tech” (14-1-0, 10 KOs) have been waiting feverishly or his next fight since he made pretty easy work of Luke Campbell in August 2019, his 13th straight victory. While the fight went to the cards, Lomachenko dominated all three of the judges’ scores, 119-108, 119-108 and 118-109.

At present, Lomachenko is one of the world’s top pound-for-pound boxers and holds the WBO, WBC, WBA (super) and Ring lightweight championships. He also holds WBO straps in the super featherweight and featherweight divisions.

He’ll be facing a tough opponent in Lopez, a rising star with 12 of his 15 wins coming by way of knockout. Lopez has been vocal about wanting to fight Lomachenko, while both fighters have been reluctant to take stay-busy fights in in the interim.

“I try to make these fights happen for the fans, the fans are the ones that win at the end of the day. But honestly, we’re not going to wait on this guy,” Lopez said in March, also via ESPN. “We gave him everything he needs and everything he wants, and now he’s complaining about New York, he wants it in Vegas, he wants it in Cali. It’s been annoying.”

Lopez is coming off a fairly long layoff himself, defeating Richard Commey in December 2019 via second-round TKO. With the win, Lopez secured the IBF lightweight title.

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