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One of the most anticipated lightweight unification bouts in recent years, the WBA, WBC ‘franchise’ and WBO champion Vasyl Lomachenko will take on IBF king Teófimo López at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night/early Sunday morning.

With four world titles on the line, the two best in the division can be expected to face off somewhere between 4am and 6am on Sunday in the United Kingdom – Alex Saucedo and Arnold Barboza will be in combat on the undercard before the main event gets underway.

A rarity in boxing, there’s everything to play for on a relatively even playing field. So, the question is… Who comes out on top?

Where to watch:

US fans can tune into the event for free via ESPN and ESPN+

Unbelievably, Bob Arum’s fight night will not be broadcast by any of the major players in the UK.

The action instead, available to stream through FITE TV’s pay per view service.

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Head to Head:

López – 15-0, 12 KOs
Lomachenko – 14-1, 10 KOs

Arguably one of the best fights remaining on the 2020 calendar, two world class 135 pound for pound boxers will give it their everything in attempting to unify an exciting weight class.

López boasts an unbeaten professional record. With 15 victories to his name, the Honduran won the IBF belt from Richard Commey just over ten months ago in New York (a second round TKO). He has however, only boxed twice beyond the sixth round.

Lomachenko’s record is almost identical to that of his opponents. Losing only once since turning pro, the former Olympian faces a naturally bigger and more powerful fighter. With 14 victories under his belt, it’s been over a year since Loma last competed – beating Britain’s Luke Campbell by unanimous decision in London.

The two athletes differ in the amount of time that they have spent in the ring. Lomachenko has boxed a staggering 71 more rounds than López who has only competed in 60. Loma has logged 131 rounds in the same number of contests as his opponent (15).

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What’s been said:

López had this to say on the bout:

“I will beat up Lomachenko and take his belts. Simple as that. I’m coming to Las Vegas to make history. I don’t like the guy, and I’m going to have fun as Lomachenko’s face is beaten and marked up by my hands.

“The Takeover is here, and the reign of Lomachenko, the little diva, is coming to an end.

“People always want to take me to deep waters. And the fact that they don’t understand is that I live in deep waters. I’m a shark. I think that this is definitely going to be a chess match.”

Lomachenko had his say:

“Teófimo López can talk all he wants. He’s very good at talking. He has done nothing but say my name for the past two years.

“I am a fighter, and my goal is to win another world title.

“When we fight in Las Vegas, he will eat my punches and his words. I will be the better man, and four world titles will come home with me to Ukraine.”

Promoter Arum chose to share his view on the lack of television coverage:

“Every bit of Eddie Hearn’s junk goes on Sky and they make the poor fans in the UK shell out money to watch all of it.

“A television network that is doing boxing should buy a Lomachenko vs López fight, which is a classic lightweight championship for all four belts.”

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Headline – Loma vs Lopez
Date – 17th September 2020
Broadcaster – ESPN (USA) & FITE TV (UK)
Promoter – Top Rank Promotions
Venue – MGM Grand, Las Vegas

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