Lomachenko vs Lopez: A Fight Fans Deserve in 2019
By Jessica Farrell
As much as I love Vasyl Lomachenko, I felt frustrated during his brief segment about Teofimo Lopez. While it’s true that Lopez hasn’t fought the true top contenders, it’s about the style in which he has beaten them that strongly resembles Lomachenko.
Time is limited for a potential matchup between the two, as Lopez will have to move up in weight sooner rather than later. You have to respect a fighter who wants to go against the very best at lightweight, who is still in their prime. As fans of the sport, this is what we want. This is what we deserve.
So often we get fights that happen way too late – Tyson/Lennox, Tyson/Holyfield, Jones Jr/ Calzaghe, Mayweather/De La Hoya, Pacquiao/De La Hoya, Mayweather/Pacquiao, GGG/everyone.
Then there are fights that should have happened but never did – Bowe/Lewis, Tyson/Bowe, Mayweather/Spadafora, Mayweather/Williams, Cotto/Hatton, Marquez/Morales, Trinidad/Mosley.
Canelo garnered massive respect when he fought Floyd Mayweather. He was 42-0-1, with wins over Shane Mosley, Josesito Lopez and Austin Trout leading up to the biggest fight of his career. Many believing this was Mayweather’s toughest test in years. Mayweather however, proved otherwise. From the opening bell of round 1 through to the final bell of round 12, Mayweather picked apart, frustrated and out-boxed Canelo. So much so that Mayweather stopped to pose for a picture in the 11th round.
One thing you have to keep in mind is that Mayweather was in his 17th year as
professional boxer while Canelo was in his 8th. Mayweather once again put on a clinic but this time, the student took his loss and was able to learn from it.
Since then, Canelo has become a more technical boxer putting sharper combinations together, being more aggressive in the opening round that allows him to take control and set the pace. His only loss is what has catapulted him into the boxer he is today.
So, is Teofimo Lopez too young or too green to face Lomachenko? Absolutely not. Just like Canelo, Lopez wants to make a name for himself and prove why he was chosen as the 2018 Prospect of Year. What better way to prove himself than to go up against the #2, some will argue #1 pound for pound boxer in the world.