IBF lightweight world champion Teofimo Lopez will be looking to make a huge statement on Saturday night, when he takes on two-time Olympic gold medal winner Vasiliy Lomachenko, who holds the WBC franchise, WBA, WBO titles.
The contest will take place at the MGM Grand’s Conference Center in Las Vegas.
Lopez, 23-years-old with a 15-0 record and 12 knockouts, is currently the clear underdog in the contest.
Lopez realizes that a very impressive victory could make his career.
But he not only wants to win – he wants to put Lomachenko to sleep in dramatic fashion.
Lomachenko was beaten in his second pro fight by Orlando Salido and dropped in his lightweight unification with Jorge Linares – and Lopez is a younger, bigger puncher than either man.
“I feel very strong. I am ready for this Saturday,” Lopez told ESPN Deportes. “His people said [this fight was] about money, all of that is false. It wasn’t true, the ESPN people came and we talked. Ok, what can we do with the money and stuff and we did that, we spoke with [promoter] Bob Arum as well, and we had the fight.
“A lot of people want to see this fight and say it’s the fight of the year. I am very proud of that, because Teofimo fighting with another boxer like Vasiliy Lomachenko is going to be a good fight. We are preparing for twelve rounds, but God willing, if we can catch him, we will try to finish the fight right there.
“It’s going to be a tough fight for him. I am young, he is 32 or 33 years old, and not only that, I am very big at this weight. I feel like lightweight is too big for him, he does better at 130 or 126 [pounds]. We’re going to make the fight and [win] by knockout. A lot of people say it’s the fight of the year and I feel like we’re going to deliver the knockout of the year.”
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