Join us late on Saturday, October 17th for LIVE and EXCLUSIVE coverage of what promises to be one for the fights of the year as WBO/WBA/WBC lightweight champion Vasily 'Loma' Lomachenko takes on IBF belt holder Teofima Lopez in Las Vegas.
Four belts up for grabs - but there can only be one lightweight champion. All will decided on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
Promoted by Top Rank, Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) enters this bout coming off a scintillating decision win over British star Luke Campbell last August in front of a sold-out O2 Arena in London.
A two-time Olympic gold medalist who went 396-1 in the amateur ranks, Lomachenko tied a boxing record by winning a world title in just his third pro fight. He is a former featherweight and junior lightweight world champion who won the lightweight crown in May 2018 with a body shot knockout over Jorge Linares.
Ukranian pound-for-pound champion Loma is ranked by many pundits as this generation’s most accomplished pugilist. From 2016-2017, he made four consecutive fighters quit on their stools, earning him the “No-Mas-chenko” moniker.
Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs), the brash New Yorker who initially gained attention because of his post-fight 'Fortnite' dances and backflip celebrations, emerged as one of boxing’s most charismatic young superstars following his professional debut back in 2016.
Last December, he knocked out Richard Commey in two rounds to win the IBF world title. Sitting ringside was Lomachenko, who entered the ring during the post-fight pandemonium.
The stage had been set. #LomaLopez was going to happen.
Coverage on eir sport 1 starts at 3am on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
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