Blood, Sweat and Tears: Lomachenko vs. Lopez Preview

October 17, 2020 (MGM Grand Bubble in Las Vegas, Nevada)

Loma is unique, an old-school practitioner in modern-day garb with a technique all his own.

In a unification bout televised live on ESPN Saturday night from the MGM Grand Bubble in Las Vegas, Nevada, WBA/WBO lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs), the mercurial southpaw from Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine, meets explosive Teofimo Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs), his brash IBF counterpart from Brooklyn, New York, in a fight scheduled for 12 rounds. The fighters couldn’t be more dissimilar but each possesses exceptional gifts. Thirty-two-year-old Lomachenko is the more seasoned of the two with a 396-1 amateur record. He is fighting above his natural weight, but he is unique, an old-school practitioner in modern-day garb with a technique all his own. Lopez, who went 150-20 as an amateur, is only 23 and taking a big step up in class. He may be the underdog but can end it with one punch at any time. ESPN is giving the fight the star treatment it deserves. Check out Parts 1 and 2 of Blood, Sweat and Tears before tuning in to Saturday’s pick ‘em title fight.