The biggest fight since boxing returned from its Covid-19 enforced absence occurs this Saturday as Vasyl Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez compete for all the honours at lightweight. This highly anticipated encounter sees one of boxing’s P4P best in Lomachenko test himself against one of the sport’s finest young talents. Tony Bellew, a former world champion and now a respected pundit, provides SportPesa with his exclusive verdict on the fight.
“It’s absolutely brilliant to have that excitement feeling when it comes to boxing and that’s what I have right now with Vasyl Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez’ fascinating fight just a few days away. This is boxing at the highest level between two brilliant fighters and I can’t wait for the first bell to go. Making a prediction is hard as both fighters bring many qualities, but it’s almost certain to be a stunning battle.
“With Lomachenko, you’re looking at the most skilled fighter boxing has seen since the days of Roy Jones Jr. The Ukrainian is blessed with unbelievable feet and his boxing IQ is something else. His amateur experience placed him at a high level from his professional debut and he’s gone on to achieve some special things in his career. He’s defeated top fighters such as Jorge Linares, Gary Russell Jr, and Guillermo Rigondeaux, but could he be slowing down?
“In Lopez, Lomachenko is facing a hungry opponent whose confidence is at an all-time high. Many within the sport have been speaking about Lopez’ ability for a long time, and that was justified last year when he blasted Richard Commey in two rounds to become world champion. That result made people take notice but can the Brooklyn man step up again and cause a shock by defeating Lomachenko.
“This fight has come a little too soon for Lopez, but I admire the young man for having the courage and bravery to take such a fight. He could’ve made one or two defences and made good money doing so, but he believes he has the beating of Lomachenko and he wants to prove that he’s the best. He may have some moments in the fight because he has plenty of power, but I believe that Lomachenko is just too good and that’ll be reflected on the scorecards at the final bell. Lomachenko to win by unanimous decision.”