Ukrainian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko and Honduran American Teófimo López will meet tonight in Las Vegas (Nevada) in a unification bout of the main lightweight world titles.
The fight to be held at the MGM Grand casino in Las Vegas without spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic
Lomachenko, with a record of 14 wins (10 knockouts) and 1 loss, comes into the duel after beating England's Luke Campbell by unanimous decision in August in London.
With this triumph, the 32-year-old Ukrainian kept the crowns of the World Boxing Association and the World Boxing Organization.
On the other hand, Lopez, 23, won the International Boxing Federation title by beating Ghanaian Richard Commey in the second round in December at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Lopez has a record of 15 wins (12 knockouts) and no losses and is confident of staying undefeated against a powerful opponent who have been claiming world titles since 2014.
“I'll beat up Lomachenko and take off his belts. It's that simple, ”said López. "I don't like the guy and I'm going to have fun while Lomachenko's face gets hit well."
Lomachenko, who is defending for the fourth time the title that he snatched from Venezuelan Jorge Linares on May 12, 2018, shrugged at his rival's words.
"He can talk all he wants," Lomachenko said. “He's very good at talking. He hasn't done anything but say my name for the past two years. I am a fighter and my goal is to win another world title. He will eat my blows and his words ”.