Talking up how easy it will be to beat Vasiliy Lomachenko is certainly getting the 21 year old Lopez some good headlines right now but is it a fight that he can actually win?
If Teofirmo Jr is really the best lightweight in the world as he eludes, why are his promoter Top Rank keeping him away from Lomachenko? As they share the same promoter surely it’s an easy fight to make.
If I were in Bob Arum’s shoes I would not let Lopez anywhere near the Ukrainian. The native of Brooklyn, New York is a standout talent, he is what used to be called a TV-friendly fighter, a brash, cocky kid with the knockouts to back it up.
Matched right, Lopez will become a big star in boxing, a PPV star if the platform survives the Media streaming era. There are few, better to watch boxers on the scene right now.
With 12 fights and
There are some great fights out there that would provide Lopez with the experience he needs before trying his hand against Lomachenko. Jose Pedraza, Devin Haney, Rances Barthelemy, Robert Easter Jr, Felix
In his interview with ESPN after the Lomachenko vs Crolla fight, Lopez dismissed Anthony
The problem with being so outwardly confident, some might say arrogant, is that it doesn’t allow you any room for excuse, Lopez cannot produce anything less than spectacular wins over any opposition he faces in the future without proving he was
He will likely have another spectacular victory when he faces Tatli next week. We in Europe have watched the Finnish Lightweight lose and then win in EBU title in contests against Belgium’s Francesco Patera. The level between Tatli and Lopez is glaring at the least.
It is only Tatli’s world rankings with the WBC, IBF and WBO that Top Rank are using as validation for this fight taking place. It is a mismatch despite their records.
The best win of Lopez’s short career is the 7th round Ko of former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno in February. This is the same fighter that then WBO Lightweight champion Terry Flanagan blasted out in only 2 rounds. Boxing experts and fans have always called Flanagan a light puncher.
Lopez looked slick, quick and classy in the Magdaleno fight, but in what way does this result put him in the same conversation with Lomachenko?
Is Teofimo Lopez the best Lightweight on the Planet?
Not yet, not by a longshot, but kept away from Lomachenko he could be.