IBF lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez understands the task ahead of him when he takes on WBO, WBA and WBC franchise titleholder Vasiliy Lomachenko on October 17. The 23-year-old though remains extremely confident he will beat Lomachenko to become the undisputed lightweight champion and make history in the process.
In an interview Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take Lopez spoke with excitement about the massive challenge and opportunity that is just over one month away.
“This is great for the sport. It’s huge. I’m about to make history and become undisputed [champion]. I’m very excited. I have all of the opportunities right here in my hands and I’m not going to let that go.”
“He’s a great fighter and has all of the accolades and achievements, and everything that he’s done. This is for all or nothing,” he said. “He’s very talented, and so am I. A lot of these fighters respect this man too much. I’m in the fight game. I respect no man once I am in that ring. That’s what we’re going to do. I get the job done against
Lopez expects to have a significant size advantage over Lomachenko who he expects to drop back down in weight after losing his 135lbs belts.
“A lot of people talk down on me … Style-wise, I’m the kind of fighter to bring the fight to you. I look for the fight. Not only that, but I’m a big lightweight. He’s been off at 126, 130, and I’m going to make sure come Oct. 17 I’m going to bring him back down to 130,” Lopez concluded. (Transcribed by Boxing Scene)
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