FIGHT TONIGHT || Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez Jr. fight - Sport Mania

FIGHT TONIGHT || Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez Jr. fight

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VASILIY LOMACHENKO VS. TEOFIMO LOPEZ JR
Date: Saturday, Oct. 17
Time (main card): 10 p.m. ET
place : The show will take place inside the “bubble” at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip.

This will be the first fight for each champion this year. Lopez had four fights last year, whereas Lomachenko had just two. So by the time the fight happens, it will have been more than 10 months since Lopez last fought, and for Lomachenko it will have been two weeks shy of 14 months. That will be the largest gap for both boxers during their professional careers, which started in 2016 and 2013 respectively for Lopez and Lomachenko.

Fight card, odds

  • Vasiliy Lomachenko -420 vs. Teofimo Lopez Jr. +340, lightweight title unification
  • Arnold Barboza Jr. -210 vs. Alex Saucedo +175, junior welterweights
  • Edgar Berlanga vs. Lanell Bellows, super middleweights

Prediction

Brookhouse: There’s not a lot of middle ground on this fight. Lopez is not going to win on the scorecards. If the fight goes the full 12, Lomachenko will almost certainly have a commanding lead. That’s no knock on Lopez, but Lomachenko is a uniquely great talent in the current boxing landscape. Lopez does have a clear path to victory, however, and it’s all about proving that lightweight is too big for Lomachenko — or, at the very least, Lopez’s punches are too big for him. We’ve seen Lomachenko get hurt at lightweight, even if he has come back to clearly win every fight at 135 pounds. But Lopez throws from odd angles and hits much harder than Jorge Linares or Luke Campbell. Common sense says the most likely outcomes of the fight all feature Lomachenko winning by wide decision or late stoppage, even as Lopez gives a fine account of himself, but I’m riding with the guy who only needs to land one shot to turn the boxing world on its head

VASILIY LOMACHENKO RECORD AND BIO

  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Born: Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi
  • Height: 5’7″
  • Reach: 65 1/2″
  • Total fights: 15
  • Record: 14-1, 10 KOs

TEOFIMO LOPEZ JR. RECORD AND BIO

  • Nationality: American
  • Born: Brooklyn
  • Height: 5’8″
  • Reach: 68 1/2″
  • Total fights: 15
  • Record: 15-0, 12 KOs

LOMACHENKO VS. LOPEZ FULL CARD

  • Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez, 12 rounds for Lomachenko’s WBO and WBA lightweight titles and Lopez’s IBF lightweight title
  • Arnold Barboza Jr. vs. Alex Saucedo, 10 rounds at junior welterweight
  • Edgar Berlanga vs. Lanell Bellows, 8 rounds at super middleweight
  • Josue Vargas vs. Kendo Castaneda, 10 rounds at junior welterweight
  • Jose Enrique Durantes Vivas vs. John Vincent Moralde, 8 rounds at featherweight
  • Quatavious Cash vs. Quincy LaVallais, 8 rounds at middleweight
  • Quinton Randall vs. Jan Carlos Rivera, 6 rounds at welterweight
  • Jahi Tucker vs. Charles Garner, 4 rounds at welterweight