Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez meet this Saturday in a blockbuster lightweight championship unification bout.
- Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez Jr goes down on Saturday, October 17th, at 7:30 PM ET
- Who will emerge from this contest with multiple world championship titles?
- Check out the fight odds, analysis, and prediction below
Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez Jr are set to trade leather inside The Bubble at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. on ESPN.
The WBA, IBF, and WBO championships are up for grabs in this prizefight. A blockbuster unification bout centred around lightweight world title supremacy.
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez Jr Odds
Odds as of October 13th.
Lomachenko comes into this fight with the bulk of the 135-pound hardware, while Lopez steps into the ring as the reigning IBF king.
Vasiliy Lomachenko’s Path to Unifying the Belts
Vasiliy Lomachenko is a true anomaly in every sense of the word. He competed for a world championship in only his second pro fight, a supremely controversial decision loss which is the sole defeat of his pro run, and he has run roughshod since then.
Many see Lomachenko as the borderline-unbeatable, number-one pound-for-pound fighter in boxing today.
In the eyes of pundits and fans within boxing, this bout is not only the most significant of the calendar year in terms of placement in the divisional hierarchy but it also has all the ingredients to be the year’s most exciting fight.
Will someone hit the canvas when Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez meet in October? 👀 pic.twitter.com/r5dwPLnulz
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) August 13, 2020
Lomachenko is a three-division world champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. He has run amok since winning a world title in only his third pro fight.
In his last outing, Lomachenko secured a win over Luke Campbell via unanimous decision in August 2019 to capture the vacant WBC strap while defending his WBA and WBO belts.
Lopez’s Quest for More Gold
Teofimo Lopez sports a spotless professional record with an 80% knockout rate. Lopez’s last bout saw him score a highlight-reel second-round stoppage over the well-regarded Richard Commey in December 2019.
Many in the boxing world predicted Commey would hand Lopez his first loss. Lopez has a bit of a history of silencing critics and aims to do so once more this weekend in the most consequential fight of his life.
The combatants have a commensurate level of professional experience but the amateur acumens of are quite noteworthy as well.
On their climbs to the top of boxing’s lightweight division, @VasylLomachenko and @TeofimoLopez accumulated nearly 600 amateur fights combined 😳 pic.twitter.com/DloHvHQU2E
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) October 13, 2020
The knockout power, size advantage, and youthful exuberance of Teofimo Lopez are being discussed heavily heading into this. The 23-year-old phenom is looking to ensure that this one doesn’t go for the full twelve rounds.
With the backdrop of Lomachenko tasting the canvas in his Linares bout, some think this is the most opportune time for Lopez to be getting this Lomachenko matchup.
The dizzying footwork of Vasiliy Lomachenko is truly supernatural and he has the perfect confluence of thoughtfully brutal offensive efforts and airtight defensive maneuvering.
A common sentiment from Lomachenko’s past opponents is that he’s a ghost in the ring and it’s incredibly difficult to touch him at all.
Lomachenko vs Lopez Tale of the Tape
|Jose Pedraza, Jorge Linares, Guillermo Rigondeaux||Significant Wins||Richard Commey, Masayoshi Nakatani, Edis Tatli|
The mobility and distance-gauging will pay dividends for Lomachenko here. The much-ballyhooed KO power of Lopez will not be much of a factor.
In the end, Lomachenko should weather the early storm and secure a stoppage inside of ten rounds.
Pick: Vasiliy Lomachenko (-400)
A part-time writer and full-time broadcaster, Dylan has hosted MMA talk shows Lights Out and Pure Fight Radio with featured guests like Jens Pulver, Roy Nelson, Miesha Tate, and covered some of the biggest MMA promotions like Rumble in the Cage, Unified MMA, and King of the Cage.