DAZN Launches In Over 200 Countries On December 1st, Offering Garcia vs Campbell and Joshua vs Pulev
By: Hans Themistode
It appears that the demise of DAZN has been greatly exaggerated. After failing to air any events for several months, the fledgling sports streaming app is set to change that with two significant boxing events in early December.
The first comes on December 5th, when lightweight contenders Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell matchup with the WBC interim title on the line. One week later, unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defends his world titles against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev on December 12th.
With their boxing schedule taking shape, DAZN has decided to expand its reach. On December 1st, just a few days before Garcia vs Campbell, the steaming app will be made available in more than 200 countries worldwide.
The initial monthly price point for new countries checks in at £1.99 or $2.58 USD. A far cry from the $20 a month DAZN charges in the United States and the $99 yearly fee if customers decide to opt against the reoccurring monthly charge.
The decision to expand their reach globally stems from their supposed increase in popularity. That in turn has motivated executives to make the move.
“From the UK to Mexico to Australia, we’ve seen an encouraging level of interest in our key events since first launching in 2016,” said DAZN EVP Joseph Markowski. “We’re looking forward to introducing the DAZN platform around the world this December with an exciting schedule of fights.”
With billionaire owner Len Blavatnik still fully behind them and with boxing stars such as Gennadiy Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez still onboard, albeit the latter is currently entrenched in an ongoing legal battle with the streaming app, the company as a whole is looking to put behind them what has been a very rocky 2020.
Rashidi Ellis: “I’m Going To Put Everybody On Notice”
By: Hans Themistode
At the age of 27, Rashidi Ellis has had the word prospect attached to his name for far too long. Having spent the vast majority of his career in boxing obscurity, the undefeated welterweight has grown tired of both his inactivity and his inability to land big fights.
Come this Friday night on October 30th, Ellis (22-0, 14 KOs) will end an 11 month time period on the shelf when he takes on Alexis Rocha. Yet, for the second year in a row, and the fourth time overall, he will have only entered the ring just once over the span of twelve months. Most of his inactivity however, is through no fault of his own he believes. So while he isn’t ranked in the top ten of any of the sanctioning bodies, Ellis is ready to work his way up the rankings to back the rest of the division into a corner.
“I’m going to put everybody on notice this Friday,” said Ellis during a recent interview with Boxinginsider.com. “A lot of these welterweights are ducking and dodging but I’m just going to keep winning in the ring so that they got no choice but to fight me.”
While Ellis will look to make an example out of Rocha within the next few days, the California resident has been both active and performing well against respectable competition. Earlier this year, Rocha (16-0, 10 KOs) dropped Brad Solomon on his way to a wide unanimous decision victory. Throughout his short career, he’s cruised to win after win and barely broke a sweat in doing so. But while Ellis respects him as an opponent, the level of concern that he has for what he brings to the table is extremely low.
“There’s nothing that I have to worry about but I know he’s a good opponent. He’s strong and comes forward but there’s nothing I’m worried about. I’m prepared for everything.”
Stepping through the ropes, no matter how infrequently, has always been second nature for Ellis. With that being said, COVID-19 has made things slightly different this time around. For the first time in his professional career, Ellis won’t have the cheers of the crowd pushing him through the lull periods of a match.
Regardless of that, crowd or no crowd, Ellis still plans on dishing out a beating of a lifetime.
“It’s pretty much going to be like a sparring match but one when where I really have to beat your ass.”
The win for Ellis hasn’t been tallied just yet, but the 27 year old is already looking ahead. With multiple belt holders at 147 pounds, Ellis won’t be picky when choosing his next opponent. All he hopes is that someone from the upper echelon gives him a shot.
“Anybody with a belt. Manny Pacquiao, Terence Crawford, the winner of Danny Garcia and Errol Spence like any of those guys.”
Gervonta Davis Sends Warning To Leo Santa Cruz: “He Better Come Prepared, If Not He’s Going To Sleep”
By: Hans Themistode
Gervonta Davis is taking his showdown with Leo Santa Cruz more seriously than any other fight in his professional career. So much so, that he has moved his camp from the comfort of his Baltimore hometown to the steaming desert of Las Vegas, Nevada.
By all accounts, the move for Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) has proven to be a sagacious one as he has claimed that the time away from familiar faces has allowed him to focus better than ever before. Now, with only a few days left until he takes on the four division world titlist, Davis believes his preparation will lead him to victory. For Santa Cruz on the other hand, he’ll have a quick and painful night if he hasn’t equally been as diligent in his own preparation.
“He better come prepared,” said Davis in an interview with ESNEWS. “If not, he’s going to sleep.”
For Davis, the concussive power that he brings to the ring has led to an early night whether or not his opponents have come in prepared or not. Amongst the long list of opponents that have felt his power is former two division world champion Jose Pedraza. The Puerto Rican native implemented a come forward, aggressive game plan when the two fought in January of 2017. The success however, was few and far between as Davis won their contest via seventh round stoppage.
With Santa Cruz claiming that he will implore a similar game plan in an effort to “drown,” Davis in the championship rounds, the Baltimore product is hoping that he stays true to his word.
“I see he keep talking about he’s going to press me but that isn’t going to be a good way to do it. Pedraza tried to press me and you seen the outcome.”
Whether Davis stops his man in the same fashion in which he has done most of his opponents, or if he strolls his way to a unanimous decision, the 25 year old is already looking ahead.
Roughly five weeks after his contest with Santa Cruz, Davis will have front row tickets to watch fellow 135 pounders in Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell face off for the WBC interim title. Although he couldn’t pick a winner, Davis did make it clear that following his victory, he doesn’t plan on taking a break as he eyes the winner.
“After this fight I’m going to get right back in the gym cause I want to fight the winner between Ryan and Campbell.”
Dereck Chisora On Oleksandr Usyk Clash: “I Am Not Going To Lose”
By: Hans Themistode
Dereck Chisora has made a career out of bad mouthing his opponents and getting into physical confrontations before he steps foot inside of the ring. During a 2012 build up to his heavyweight showdown with David Haye, Chisora got under the skin of his opponent on several occasions. So much so, that Haye landed numerous punches on his man during a heated face off several months before their contests took place.
Fast forward a few years later and Chisora was seen picking up a table and throwing it at the head of his opponent in Dillian Whyte during their press conference.
Yet, when it comes to his matchup with former undisputed Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk on October 31st, Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs) can’t help but to like him as both a fighter and a person.
“We like the same things,” said Chisora during a recent interview with Sky Sports Boxing. “We both like cars and were both family men so I like him, I’m a big fan. I have a lot of respect for him. He’s an unbelievable fighter man, he’s amazing.”
Much of the two heavyweight contenders build up has been spent smiling and taking pictures with one another, while also calling out each other out in jest. Regardless of the friendly interactions between the two though, Chisora plans on pushing all of that to the side the moment the opening bell rings.
“I’m going to go through this man. The way I’m going to come for him is going to be unbelievable. I am not going to lose that fight, I am going all out.”
A win for the 36 year old British native could see his career long chase to win a world title finally come to an end.
With Usyk currently occupying the number one position in the WBO sanctioning body, team Chisora has petitioned for their man to replace him should he win their contest this Saturday night. Currently, unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua holds the WBO title in his possession as well as the WBA and IBF titles.
While it’s unknown if Chisora would vault up from his number eight ranking to number one with a win, the former title challenger wouldn’t necessarily be interested in taking on Joshua. Instead, he has his eyes set on someone else entirely.
“I think it would be a great fight to have with the Gypsy King Tyson Fury. We speak every day and he owes me that fight. He’s always telling me that he wants to give me that fight. He’s a man of his word, so that is the fight I would like to have.”
After two losses to Fury in 2011 and 2014 respectively, Chisora’s third crack at the WBC/Lineal heavyweight titlist hinges on the performance he puts on this weekend against Usyk.
Fighting for world titles is something he welcomes. So is fighting to give his fans a memorable night of boxing. But more than anything, Chisora wants to make the man in the mirror proud.
“I don’t want to let myself down, nothing else. I want it more than anyone.”
Kell Brook Confident Ahead Of Terence Crawford Showdown: “I’m An Elite Fighter, I’m Going In There To Dethrone This Man”
By: Hans Themistode
While Kell Brook doesn’t believe he needs any more motivation for his title clash against Terence Crawford in the next few weeks, he found some in an expected place.
Just last weekend the 34 year old former welterweight belt holder sat back in his home and watched a young Teofimo Lopez pull off the massive upset when he dethroned who many believed was the best boxer in the world in Vasiliy Lomachenko. The win by Lopez has only reinforced what Brook believes will happen on November 14th.
“I’m an elite fighter,” said Brook to IFL TV during a recently aired interview. “Look at what Lopez did, everyone wrote him off and he upset the odds and beat the pound for pound number one in Loma so I’m going to do the same.”
At the moment, oddsmakers have Brook as high as a 10-1 underdog. But walking into a contest with the betting world against him is something that he has grown accustomed to over the course of his career. He hasn’t always proven them wrong, but Brook took the time to reminisce about a time in which he did.
“Everyone wrote me off against Shawn Porter and I went out there and became world champion. I know that people are writing me off but I know what I can do and I am going in there one thousand percent confident.”
Brooks win over Porter in 2014, resulted in a title reign that lasted just over three years. He would see it come to a screeching halt however, at the halfway mark in 2017 when Errol Spence Jr. floored the British native twice on his way to a stoppage win in the 11th round. Since then, Brook has gone on to win three straight contests, albeit none has come at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds. For his upcoming matchup against Crawford, Brook has agreed to move back down in weight for the first in three years.
Although he has stated on numerous occasions that making 147 pounds is a struggle for him, the British product’s confidence is seemingly through the roof. With that being said, he knows Crawford is the total package.
“He’s got everything,” explained Brook. “He’s a switch hitter and has good power so he has everything but I believe in me. Anything can happen when you have that self belief. I’m self motivated.”
Under normal circumstances, Brook would love to trade punches with Crawford inside of a packed arena. However, due to safety protocols from COVID-19, a raucous crowd won’t be in attendance at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Still, with Lomachenko vs Lopez reaching nearly three million homes worldwide, Brook finds solace in the possibility that millions of fans will tune in to witness him creating history.
“I want the world to see this. I want the world to see me become two time world champion. I’m going in there to dethrone this man. A lot of people have me as the underdog but this big dog is going to make a lot of people money. I’m taking that title back home to Britain.”
Despite Tyson Fury Rumors, Anthony Joshua Is Fully Focused On Kubrat Pulev: “I’ll Go In There And Do A Number On Him”
By: Hans Themistode
For the past several months, unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and WBC/Lineal belt holder Tyson Fury have teased a future matchup between them. Not too long ago, promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that both sides came to an agreement for two showdowns in 2021.
But while most of the world continues to ponder who would win between the pair, the former Olympic gold medalist isn’t fixated on the mega showdown.
“I have to really focus on Kubrat Pulev,” said Joshua to Sky Sports Boxing during a recent interview. “I know the names that people really want to see, but this is a mandatory challenge. I have to defend my titles against this guy. I’m going to really focus on my training to get the win because that’s what sets up the bigger fights in the future.”
Pulev of course, could care less about Joshua’s interest in facing Fury or any of the top names in the heavyweight division. With only one loss on his record which came six years ago in his first title challenge against Wladimir Klitschko, the Bulgarian native has reeled off eight straight wins which in turn has him positioned number one for Joshua’s IBF title.
A matchup with Pulev on December 12th, may not bring the sort of attention that a contest with Fury would, but regardless of that, Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) isn’t taking him lightly.
“He’s a good fighter and I have to take him seriously. If I do that, then I’m confident that I’ll go in there and do a number on him.”
By the time Joshua walks through those ropes to face his mandatory challenger, it will mark roughly one year since his last contest. That of course, came on December 7th, when the British product traveled halfway across the world to Saudi Arabia to win back the heavyweight titles he lost six months prior against Andy Ruiz.
Things played out exactly the way he wanted as he outboxed his man and cruised to a unanimous decision victory. Since then however, Joshua has spent his time on the sidelines due to a combination of injuries and the current worldwide pandemic. Although he was looking forward to entering the ring at a much earlier date, the time away was exactly what he believes he needed.
“It’s not a bad thing. The body needs it. We’re going nonstop pushing myself. I’m trying to promote boxing, trying to be a better boxer and a family man. The world is going just so fast. So to have my own selfish time to breathe for a second it’s important for the mind. I’m ready now and anyone who wants smoke out there, I’m well prepared for.”
WBO President Francisco Valcarcel, Agree’s With Floyd Mayweather: “We have To Stop Now The Proliferation Of So-called World Titles”
By: Hans Themistode
After winning multiple world titles in five different weight classes, Floyd Mayweather Jr. went on an apoplectic rant on the number of belts that are currently circulating in the sport of boxing today. Following his fulmination, WBO president Francisco Valcarcel could only come to one conclusion.
Mayweather was spot on.
“Floyd Mayweather is right!” Said Valcarcel on his Twitter account. “We have to stop NOW the proliferation of so-called world titles.”
Mayweather’s diatribe was seemingly triggered as he watched 23 year old Teofimo Lopez make boxing history when he defeated unified lightweight belt holder Vasiliy Lomachenko to become the youngest undisputed champion just last weekend. When asked about his thoughts on their contest, Mayweather first took the time to congratulate Lopez on his tremendous win and applauded Lomachenko for his efforts.
The issue for Mayweather has nothing to do with the monumental win for Lopez, but with his own fighter in Gervonta Davis currently in possession of the WBA lightweight regular title, the future hall of famer has no problem naming him a unified champion, but until he faces the other titleholders in the division, he simply can’t say that Lopez is an undisputed champion.
“When we look at the lightweight division, Devin Haney is the WBC champion at lightweight,” said Mayweather. “Gervonta Davis is the WBA champion so now it’s safe to say that Teofimo is the WBO and IBF champion.”
More than anything, Mayweather has become sick and tired of watching every fighter pose with a championship title following a victory in the ring. Whether it’s the regular, super or the newly added Franchise title, Mayweather believes enough is enough.
“Everyone has a belt now,” said an exasperated Mayweather. “There’s too many champions in the sport of boxing right now. There’s no such thing as a super champion, not at all. I’m not taking anything away from any fighter but there are too many champions. The WBC, the WBA, the IBF and WBO ya’ll gotta clean this shit up. You guys are just taking extra money from these fighters.”
Although Mayweather has held the feet of the sanctioning bodies to the fire to end the proliferation of world of titles, Valcarcel believes everyone involved in the sport of boxing needs to come together in order to make a change.
“Sanctioning organizations, promoters, and boxing journalists must work together to stop this bullshit,” explained Valcarcel.
Juan Francisco Estrada Makes A Statement In Stopping Carlos Cuadras
In what turned out to be an absolute war, both Juan Francisco Estrada and Carlos Cuadras put on a show.
After winning the first three rounds rather handily, Cuadras jumped right back into the fight as he scored a knockdown in the fourth round. From there, the former champion seemingly had all of the momentum. With that being said, Estrada had no desire in giving up his WBC super flyweight title.
Although there was no crowd in the arena due to COVID-19, that didn’t stop either man from throwing punches in bunches. The fast pace contest may have been great from a fans standpoint, but the stamina of Cuadras was severely tested.
Once the championship rounds rolled by, it was all Estrada who ended the night in the 11th following two stunning knockdowns.
Juan Francisco Estrada vs Carlos Cuadras Undercard Results: Roman Gonzalez Makes Israel Gonzalez Look Silly With Decision Win
After back to back losses to Wisaksil Wangek, former pound for pound star Roman Gonzalez picked up a fairly dominant win over Israel Gonzalez in Mexico City tonight.
Israel was hoping that his third crack at a world title would be the charm tonight, but Roman would hear none of it. From the opening bell the WBA super flyweight champion both out boxed and out landed his man. Although he was hoping for a stoppage win, Roman settled for a wide decision win.
Juan Francisco Estrada vs Carlos Cuadras Undercard Results: Julio Cesar Martinez Makes It Look Easy Against Moises Calleros
In what turned out to be a quick and painful night, Moises Calleros (33-10-1, 17 KOs) found himself flat on the canvas against Julio Cesar Martinez (17-1, 13 KOs).
Two rounds was all that was needed before flyweight contender floored his man and ended the night.
Jermall Charlo: “If I Don’t Get Canelo Then I Want Jacobs”
By: Hans Themistode
From now, until seemingly the end of time, Jermall Charlo and Daniel Jacobs will continue to dislike one another.
For years both fighters have thrown verbal jab, after verbal jab. A few years ago however, the pair nearly traded in their verbal insults for punches to the jaw as the two were caught on camera having a heated discussion.
Although the two have long wanted to settle their beef either in the ring or the nearest alley, they’ve gone their separate ways. For Charlo, the 30 year old surly knockout artist is currently enjoying his most successful run as a professional. Just a few weeks ago, both he and his twin brother in Jermell, headlined the first doubleheader Pay-Per-View event. On the night, Charlo was given his toughest assignment, at least on paper, in Sergiy Derevyanchenko. The two division world champion made it look easy however as he dismantled his man.
At the moment, a matchup with Canelo Alvarez is something that he has continued to push for. But if he isn’t able to secure that showdown, then he wants to shut the mouth of Jacobs once and for all.
“If I don’t get Canelo then I want Jacobs,” said Charlo recently on Instagram live. “I want Jacobs as much as he wants me.”
For Brooklyn’s Jacobs, he’s always made it known that a matchup with Charlo is as personal as can be. With that being said, his focus is solely on Gabriel Rosado since the two will share the ring with one another on November 27th.
Outside of his loss against Canelo Alvarez at the halfway point of 2019, Jacobs has enjoyed a ton of success in the middleweight division. But with the 33 year old struggling to make the 160 pound limit, he opted to move eight pounds north to super middleweight.
A matchup isn’t out of the realm of possibility considering how badly both men want it. Yet, with the amount of trash talking that Jacobs has done over the years, Charlo believes Jacobs would suffer a cruel fate.
“Look at the percentage of when I fight black fighters that talk shit,” explained Charlo. “Think about it, look at what happens to them. I didn’t just beat their ass, I knock them the fuck out.”
It isn’t just Charlo’s vaunted power that gives him the belief that he would clean Jacobs clock with ease. Over the years, Charlo has seen Jacobs on the wrong end of a supposed beating. Whether it was his knockout loss to Dmitry Pirog back in 2010 or his experience from the amateurs, Charlo has seen Jacobs at his worst on more than one occasion.
“I watched him get knocked out in the amateurs, the pro’s all that shit. Knocked the fuck out. Shawn fucking Porter beat Danny. Keith Thurman beat the shit out of Danny Jacobs.”
Floyd Mayweather: “You Cannot Compare A Fighter Like Loma To Me Or Ali Or Sugar Ray Leonard”
By: Hans Themistode
It didn’t take long for Vasiliy Lomachenko to make his mark on the boxing world. The highly touted amateur came onto the professional scene in 2013 and immediately made an impact. In just his third pro fight, the Ukrainian product hoisted his first world title, a record for any male fighter. From there, he’s duplicated that same feeling several times over.
As the wins started to pile up and his trophy case began to overflow, the comparison’s to former greats soon came after. One of those aforementioned comparisons came at the expense of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The retired five division world champion spent over 20 years of his life in the sport. And although Lomachenko has accomplished several milestones that he hasn’t, his record of winning a world title in just his third pro contest should come with an asterisk attached to it.
“I had my day in the sport,” said Mayweather during an interview promoting Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz showdown. “But when they started comparing Loma to me, I didn’t have to have 500 amateur fights. He did something that I wasn’t able to do. He won two gold medals which is a huge accomplishment. Just going to the Olympics is huge in itself. They say he was the quickest to win a world title than any other fighter but once you fight 300 amateur fights you’re a professional anyway.”
Saying that Lomachenko had 300 amateur fights is actually shortchanging him. In total, the Ukrainian southpaw compiled 397 fights in the unpaid ranks. All but one of those contests resulted in a loss, something he would later avenge several times over.
His overwhelming success in the amateur world gave Lomachenko the cache needed in order to skip the championship line once he turned pro.
After stopping Jose Luis Ramirez in his debut, the two time Olympic gold medalist was given a chance to add to his gold collection by facing Orlando Salido for the vacant WBO featherweight title. The tactics used by Salido on the night may have been viewed as bending the rules, but he ultimately got what he was looking for as he handed Lomachenko the first loss of his career.
Although he dropped the ball, his setback against Salido was merely a bump in the road as he was given another crack at gold, this time against Gary Russell Jr. In a much more dominant effort, Lomachenko managed to run away with the win and take home the world title he was hoping for.
Much of the attention has been placed on Lomachenko’s record of winning said title in just his third contest. With that being said, Mayweather finds it disrespectful to compare his Ukrainian counterpart to either himself or any of the past greats.
“You cannot compare a fighter like Loma to me or Ali or Sugar Ray Leonard you know the reason why? We won our first fight, we won our second fight, we won our third fight.”
At the moment, the shining star that was associated with Lomachenko’s career is dimming rapidly thanks to a one sided loss at the hands of Teofimo Lopez this past weekend. The 23 year old was given virtually no shot at dethroning who many believed was the best pound for pound fighter in the sport, but after dominating the first half of their contest, Lopez did just enough during the latter portion to have his hand raised.
Mayweather openly admitted to watching their showdown from his palatial estate and was congratulatory towards Lopez who now holds all four titles at 135 pounds. Despite that, Mayweather believes that Lopez should receive his just due, but this notion that Lomachenko was the best in the world was a false narrative from the beginning.
“I’m not going to take away anything from what Teofimo did the other day but remember, this guy already had a loss to Salido. Salido wasn’t the best guy in the world, he was solid. He won a title before but he wasn’t the best guy in the world.”
Vasiliy Lomachenko Reportedly Threatened To Retire If Pulled From Teofimo Lopez Contest With Shoulder Injury
By: Hans Themistode
Vasily Lomachenko’s disdain for Teofimo Lopez ran so deep, that the 32 year old was willing to do anything to get his hands on the younger man. Even if it meant throwing away his entire career to do so.
During the lead up of their lightweight undisputed title fight which took place this past weekend, Lomachenko was dealing with severe pain in his right shoulder. The Ukrainian native found himself compromised during training camp which led to his father, Anatoly Lomachenko, wanting to pull his son from the match entirely.
Shoulder injury be damned however. According to numerous reports, Vasiliy would hear none of it as he threatened to retire should his team pull him from his matchup with Lopez.
Not wanting to see their man walk away from the sport of boxing at such a young age, team Lomachenko went down another route.
“When he arrived to the States to prepare for the fight, he said in the Ukraine he felt the sharp pain in his right shoulder,” said Vasiliy’s manager Egis Klimas when discussing the results of a significant shoulder injury that was revealed after an MRI. “We took him right away to Dr. ElAttrache to examine him. We lost one week of training. We lost one week of sparring because the doctor forbid him to do much for a week after the injection.”
With Lomachenko losing a wide decision on the judge’s scorecards to Lopez on the night, the former champion immediately went into surgery the following day to address his shoulder injury.
Since the news of his operation, team Lomachenko has been under fire as many believe they are looking for excuses as to why they came up woefully short. Regardless of the criticism, Klimas wants to assure everyone that he isn’t looking for a pity party. With that being said, he would love for the brash, young and confident Lopez to pull his chair back to the negotiating table.
“We didn’t want to look like we were looking for excuses or something. If it’s possible, we would like to have the rematch. If they are so tough … are they willing to come back and do that?”
Although their contest pulled in nearly three million viewers, which ranks number one since 2017, Lopez has shown no interest in running things back. To the Brooklyn native, he already made his point and see’s no reason in running things back.
“For what?” Said Lopez following his victory. “The same thing is going to happen again.”
Oscar De La Hoya Heaps Praise On Teofimo Lopez, Wants Him To Face Ryan Garcia: “A Matchup With Lopez Would Be A Classic”
By: Hans Themistode
Teofimo Lopez isn’t signed by Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions. Nor do they have any sort of relationship with one another, but as the 2014 hall of famer sat back in his palatial estate and watched Lopez pull off the massive upset against unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko this past weekend, De La Hoya couldn’t help but feel prideful in what he just witnessed.
“I’m really proud of him,” said De La Hoya to TMZ during a recent interview. “He shocked the world.”
De La Hoya, like most observers, believed that Lomachenko was going to be too much for the 23 year old. Yet, when the bell rang, the Ukrainian looked passive and hesitant. Lopez to his credit, took full advantage and dominated the first half of their contest. The latter portion of their matchup was flipped however, as Lomachenko pressed his foot on the gas and gave his younger opponent hell for the duration of their fight. With that being said, as the final scores indicated, it was far too late.
Now, with the biggest win of his career under his belt and four world titles draped around his shoulders, De La Hoya is heaping as much praise as possible on the young man.
“I really thought that Lomachenko was going to use his experience, well, I think Lomachenko did use his experience but in the first six rounds maybe he waited too long. Lomachenko came in strong in the end but it was too late. I think Teofimo looked amazing, he showed his true colors. I’m proud of him and I think he is the future of the lightweight division.”
With no rematch clause in their original contract, Lopez isn’t obligated to give Lomachenko a rematch. That in turn, leaves the door wide open for other intriguing matchups, including a possible unification contest with WBC belt holder Devin Haney. Lopez himself has expressed interest in facing his championship counterpart, but as De La Hoya continued his interview, he took some time to put on his matchmaker hat.
“There are a lot of great fights for him including our very own Ryan Garcia which would be a massive, massive fight.”
Garcia, 22, has been clamoring for his own shot at the big leagues for several months now and come December 5th, he’ll get his wish.
Perpetual lightweight contender and multiple-time title challenger in Luke Campbell will match up against the young Garcia. With a plethora of fringe contenders on his resume, Campbell, at least on paper, represents the first real challenge for Garcia.
Regardless of that, De La Hoya expects Garcia to have his hand raised at the end of the night.
“His December 5th, fight against Luke Campbell isn’t a walk in the park. Campbell went the distance with Lomachenko and Jorge Linares so this is a real true test for Ryan Garcia. But when he gets past this test December 5th, then he has to go after the top dogs. A matchup with Lopez would be a classic. I can’t wait for that fight.”
Abel Sanchez: “I think that Teofimo Lopez Is The Closet In The Last 30-35 Years To Roberto Duran”
By: Hans Themistode
When Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez was first announced, there were only two possible outcomes that could occur for their highly anticipated matchup. Either the Ukrainian native would box circles around his younger opponent for 12 full rounds, or the younger and more explosive Lopez would turn off Lomachenko’s lights.
Yet, when the two matched up this past weekend with all of the lightweight marbles on the line, none of those perceived notions came true.
Lopez, 23, easily outboxed his man during the first half of their contest, winning the first six rounds on most viewers scorecards. The Brooklyn native also finished strong, although Lomachenko held the clear edge during the second half.
It was puzzling to watch who many suspect was the best boxer of his generation in Lomachenko, fight so passively early on. His connect rate of four punches per round through the first half was a far cry from the normally active and accurate fighter many had grown accustomed to seeing.
Amongst those who were baffled by what they were witnessing was trainer, Abel Sanchez. As the rounds ticked by and the deficit grew for Lomachenko, Sanchez simply couldn’t believe what he was watching.
“I didn’t think that Lopez was going to a decision because of the experience on Loma’s side but he gave away too many rounds during the first part of the fight,” said Sanchez to Fight Hub TV. ”You can’t give anybody half of the fight. It wasn’t necessary for him to do that.”
Lomachenko’s boxing IQ has often been described as a supercomputer, downloading information quickly before using all his newfound data to destroy his opponents. With that being said, the Ukrainian product simply wasn’t able to process what was standing in front of him fast enough. Many, including team Lopez, believe the power kept Lomachenko both honest and worried. To Sanchez however, if you took time to watch Lopez’s highlight reel, the power was obvious, but not his other attribute.
“I don’t think the power was the issue. The power Loma can deal with because he has great defense. I think Loma was surprised by the speed. I don’t think they wanted to give away six rounds, maybe part of it. But again, I think the speed was something Loma wasn’t expecting. He wasn’t able to counter as well as he usually does because of the speed of Lopez.”
Watching Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) over the years has impressed Sanchez. The way he saunters into a room and makes brazen and aggressive predictions has caught his attention as well. But as he witnessed the 23 year old outbox Lomachenko this past weekend, a light bulb has gone off in his head in terms of a suitable comparison.
“I think that Teofimo Lopez is the closet that we’ve come in the last 30-35 years to Roberto Duran. He has that meanness, he has that bravado, he has that skill but he still has a lot to learn and a long way to go to be compared to Roberto Duran. But he’s as close as we’ve seen in a long, long time.”