I’m watching Lomachenko sign autographs, mind his own business, and then I saw Teo go into the elevator, up to his room.” Goodman also saw the elder López make a U-turn, exit the elevator and beeline toward Lomachenko. This being boxing, sport of not kings but chaos, the machinations weren’t unusual—yet.

Simple as that. He’s right on top of you really quick. Eventually, López began to fight on Lomachenko undercards, and that’s where the tension heightened, and the source of that very heightening most often stemmed from the same place—López's father, his son’s trainer and chief Lomachenko antagonist. The elder López doesn’t deny The Incident or any of the details the eyewitnesses provided. Odds below provided via William Hill Sportsbook. Goodman cannot recall exactly when, but he does remember that López the father saw so many portraits of Lomachenko hanging inside the arena that he commissioned a spray-painted likeness of his son and placed it right in front of the most prominent Lomachenko banner. The main fighters, like Lomachenko, filed onto the dais. Because I let him know that a beast, a lion, was coming after him.”. I’m not an animal.

Don’t treat me like a dog.”, To Marco Contreras, Lomachenko’s assistant trainer, the fighter looked more confused than upset as onlookers stood between him and the elder López. Promoter Bob Arum told iFL TV: “I don’t think any of the television networks in the UK have bothered to buy that fight. “When we fight in Las Vegas, he will eat my punches and his words. Goodman, in a bit of an upset, says he can see either boxer winning, leading the matchmaker to change his mind almost daily. Lomachenko said: “Teofimo Lopez can talk all he wants. *** VASILIY LOMACHENKO (14-1, 10 KOs) VS. TEOFIMO LOPEZ (15-0, 12 KOs) When: Saturday, Oct. 17 Where: MGM Grand, Las Vegas TV: ESPN Division: Lightweight At stake: Lomachenko’s WBA, WBC and WBO, and Lopez’s IBF titles Odds: Lomachenko 3-1 Also on the card: Alex Saucedo vs. Arnold Barboza Jr., junior welterweights “It was later that night,” Goodman continues.

In the years before The Incident, one of boxing’s top matchmakers watched tension bubble and escalate between two of his company’s top fighters. All Rights Reserved. (Klimas could not be reached for comment.) The start time in the US is scheduled for Saturday, September 17 at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT. However, the standard main event start time in Vegas is somewhere between 4am and 6am UK time. It is taking place at the iconic MGM Grand. This page will be updated often, so be sure to bookmark it throughout the week. To watch Lomachenko vs Lopez, you’ll need to make a FITE TV account and buy the PPV. I know he’s worried about this fight. “[Lomachenko] will punish him in the ring,” Contreras says. If it’s such a great fight, how come nobody’s bought it? Lopez (15-0, 12 KO) didn't enter the professional ranks with the same level of hype as Lomachenko but quickly proved himself an emerging star with a flashy style and serious skills. Most recently, Lopez won the IBF championship with a stunning second-round knockout of Richard Commey in December. This service is provided on talkSPORT Ltd's Terms of Use in accordance with our Privacy Policy. 6-keys: media/spln/boxing/reg/free/stories, at I will be the better man, and four world titles will come home with me to Ukraine.”. “Meanwhile every bit of Eddie’s junk goes on Sky and they make the poor fans in the UK shell out money to watch all of this stuff…, “A television network that is doing boxing should buy a Lomachenko vs Lopez fight, which is a classic lightweight championship for all four belts.”. He says he started to pay rent in Lomachenko’s head that night, the proof being the wilder approach the Ukrainian boxer took against Pedraza and how he still failed to register a knockout against a bigger boxer who’s closer in walk-around size to the boxing López. Naturally, the elder López disagrees with those notions. Lomachenko vs Lopez will take place on Saturday, October 17 US time. Lomachenko vs Lopez is available through FITE TV for an online PPV price of £9.99. “Where’s Sky and where’s BT and where’s ITV? Some will be deserving people who have helped in the battle against the pandemic. What is the Vasyl Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez date? As young as he is, he is certainly more than just an exciting prospect given all he has achieved so far. Vasyl Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez is one fight boxing fans have been eagerly anticipating. Good for Teofimo. Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KO) transitioned from being arguably the greatest amateur boxer in history to being put on the fast track as a professional, fighting for a world title in just his second pro bout. “The premium content you want, delivered how you want it – Online to Mobile to TV and OTT. Two days before the bout, Top Rank held a typical prefight press conference. Aside from a flat performance in winning a decision against Masayoshi Nakatani, Lopez has impressed every time he has stepped into a ring. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Their fight is scheduled for Oct. 17 in Las Vegas and will be shown on ESPN. Instead, the action will be available to UK viewers through FITE TV which is an online pay-per-view streaming service. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is a registered trademark of ABG-SI LLC. López the father says that Lomachenko ignored him by that elevator, that the boxer looked away when the father said hello, that “he acted like he didn’t even know me, like I wasn’t even there.”, “I just turned and around and said, screw this guy.”, “I told him we were going to steal his show.

He told his son about what happened, about the boasts, threats and promises he had made. FIGHT WEEK. Lomachenko faces Teofimo Lopez in Las Vegas, a special fight that may test the Ukrainian like none before Steve Bunce @bigdaddybunce Monday 12 October 2020 08:32 Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez: Boxing’s best fight of 2020 By Mookie Alexander @mookiealexander The undisputed lightweight title is on the line between two of boxing’s best. He is just 23 and believes he is good enough to beat one of the greatest in the sport. Is Lopez taking on too much too soon vs. Loma? But López is the bigger fighter, and he can and does exhibit explosive power, too.

Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. Lopez said: “I will beat up Lomachenko and take his belts. “I am a fighter, and my goal is to win another world title. “He has something that [Manny] Pacquiao had when he was really young,” renowned trainer, Teddy Atlas, said. 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. Lomachenko vs Lopez start time and how to watch. All Rights Reserved. No confirmed ring walk/start time has been announced for the main event yet. A look at the coming week in boxing in capsules. Asked whether he saw the confrontation as threatening or strategic, he says, “I didn’t do it that way.” Meaning threatening. The matchmaker: Brad Goodman of Top Rank. But what really happened? He said, roughly, “Nobody talks to me like that. The Las Vegas fight will take place on Saturday, October 17 US time. Per COVID-19 restrictions, only 250 fans will be allowed into the arena. Goodman also believes that Lopez the father is jealous of Lomachenko and his father, Anatoly, who like the elder Lopez is both his son’s trainer and primary influence—only, so far, to significantly more acclaim. The elder López says he isn’t worried; in fact, if his son wins, he believes The Incident will have played a role. The history between the two fighters is filled with taunting and threats, confrontation and premature coronation, with López's father serving both as his son’s trainer and chief Lomachenko antagonist. “He has done nothing but say my name for the past two years. The Ukrainian was fighting José Pedraza, an opponent who, at that point, had lost only once. Goodman had seen a lot of barking between fight camps over the years, but this was more extreme. He made slashing gestures across his throat. section: | slug: vasiliy-lomachenko-vs-teofimo-lopez-fight-card-date-odds-start-time-channel-boxing-undercard-guide | sport: boxing | route: article_single.us | The lightweight unification bout will pit WBA, WBC ‘franchise’ and WBO champion, Loma, against IBF king, Lopez, where the winner will emerge with four titles. He fought for a title in just his second professional fight. It's going to be a busy week leading into one of the most lucrative fights of the year. Goodman wonders whether the elder Lopez went all Anger Mismanagement as a strategy to ruffle Lomachenko, who’s normally clinical, robotic, unflappable; an ice-cold technician. “It was sickening how jealous [the dad] got,” Goodman told Sports Illustrated. Their website states: “FITE streams a rich array of live pay-per-view events, subscription packages and thousands of hours of live and on demand free programs to millions of fans around the world. © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive. “That’s the point where I knew I had him,” López the father says. I just told him those words, and I just left, and they made a big, big thing out of it.”. “Everybody just got [wild],” López the father says. He said that his son would be the star that weekend, not one of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world, that Teo would kick your ass and end your career and even he will kill you.

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Eventually, team members heard Lomachenko speak.

He would suffer a loss in that fight, dropping a split decision to Orlando Salido. Lomachenko grew up in Ukraine, trained in traditional dance, won two Olympic gold medals, turned pro later and fought for a title in only his second pro bout. That apparently did not sit well with the older López, Goodman says.

Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez will take place on Saturday October 17 at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now, almost two years later, Lomachenko will meet the fighting López in the most intriguing main event in boxing since COVID-19 shut down sports—an anticipated match-up set in motion by The Incident. His opponent, Mason Menard, appeared to present a step up in terms of competition level. “The Takeover is here, and the reign of Lomachenko, the little diva, is coming to an end.”. “I did it,” he says, “because I believed in what I was saying.”, The elder López extends his reasoning one step further. He got right up in the boxer’s chest.

But he does say that the press conference did not upset him; rather, Lomachenko did.