There is a huge night in the world of boxing taking place this weekend, as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet defends his title against an American up-and-comer. But, will Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko regain his titles against Teofimo Lopez?
Tale Of The Tape
|Vasyl Lomachenko||Teofimo Lopez|
|5 ft 7||Height||5 ft 8|
|166 cm||Reach||174 cm|
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There is always huge excitement when there is a fight involving Vasyl Lomachenko, as very few boxers are able to entertain in the way that the Ukrainian does. His success started early in his career, as he remains one of the most esteemed amateur fighters in the history of the sport. He lost just once in 397 bouts, and won the gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Lomachenko finally made the move to professional level in 2013, where he quickly became a name that fight fans tuned in to see.
Lomachenko made history by becoming the fighter to earn a title opportunity the quickest after turning professional, and he also main evented his first card in just his second fight. That defeat against Orlando Salido in his second professional bout remains the only loss of his career, but since then he has won all 13 bouts. There are very few that can doubt the argument that he has been the best in the world for some time, and he has won ten of his 14 victorious fights by knockout. This will be the first time in over a year than Lomachenko has fought, as his last fight back in August 2019 against Luke Campbell.
That was a stunning display by the champion as he was in complete control against his British opponent. Credit must be given to Campbell as he fought the fight to go to the decision, but there was no doubting that Lomachenko was getting the unanimous decision win. It’s clear to see why the Ukrainian is the 0.20 favourite with BetXChange.
His opponent this weekend also deserves respect, as Teofimo Lopez is one of the best new fighters in the lightweight scene. He also has experience at the Olympics, as he represented Honduras four years ago. He also won a gold medal at the National Golden Gloves in 2015. Lopez made his professional debut in 2016 when he was on the undercard of a Manny Pacquiao fight. However, it wouldn’t be until 2018 when he would finally make a mark on the division.
In 2018, he brutally knocked out Mason Menard in one of the knockouts of the year to win the vacant WBC-NABF lightweight title. Since then, he has won three further fights by knockout, with the most recent of those coming against Richard Commey in December last year, which saw him win the IBF title. But, Lomachenko is a huge step up from the fighters that he has come up against previously.
Big Fight Prediction
This is a huge occasion for Lopez, and there is no debating that he has a bright future ahead of him. However, Lomachenko is the best fighter in the division and he will claim the win in a controlled manner this weekend.