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Early Preview of Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez With Betting Odds and Analysis

| May 25, 2020 1:13 am PDT
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez

Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez, the most talked-about fight in boxing’s lightweight division, looks set to go down this September at a yet to be disclosed arena.

That’s according to the promoter for both men, Bob Arum. The Top Rank boss has revealed that both men are to shun interim bouts in favor of a showdown in the fall for Loma’s WBC, WBA, and WBO titles, as well as Lopez’s IBF strap.

As such, this will be the first unification fight the men’s lightweight division has seen since the late, great Pernell Whitaker defended his four straps for the last time at 135 pounds against Jorge Páez. Lomachenko, the pound-for-pound number one vs. Lopez, the up and coming monster.

Seeing as they have been released, you can get your hands on Lomachenko vs. Lopez odds on our recommended boxing betting sites. That is if you know who you are going to back in this fight.

Which takes me to my first question — who will win this fight? Will Lomachenko’s dazzling technical skills disassemble Lopez piece by piece, or will the young lion show the world just how vicious his bite truly is?

I’m going to take a nice, leisurely stroll past the main points of this fight, what it means to the world of boxing, and what the early Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez odds tell us about this matchup.

So, how about those odds…

Lomachenko vs. Lopez Odds Analysis

Vasyl Lomachenko-325
Teofimo Lopez+250

The first thing you will notice about Lomachenko’s odds to beat Lopez is that they suggest this fight will not be as close as some might think.

At -325, the Ukrainian master is a considerable favorite to beat Lopez, who comes in at +250. This marks the first time that Lopez will be an underdog in his career, and to be fair, his odds are still too short for my liking.

The 22-year-old is aiming to dethrone the most complete boxer in the sport in Lomachenko. And while Lopez is ready to be unleashed on the bigger dogs in the lightweight division, it might be a little too early to be thrown in there with Lomachenko.

Having been pretty much the most impressive prizefighter on the planet over the past five years, it’s no surprise that Lomachenko will have to deal with the favorite tag once again.

But given that the shortest odds he has ever had in the pro ranks were -315—against the formerly unbeaten, technical wizard Guillermo Rigondeaux—it’s clear that some give Lopez a big chance of pulling off an upset.

Let’s be real here—Lopez beating Lomachenko would be a big upset. I’m not sure the odds are in line with his chances of pulling it off. But more on that later. First, here’s a little background on the fight and how it is so far perceived in the boxing community.

How Much of a Big Deal Is This Fight?

First of all, Lomachenko vs. Lopez will crown the first unified lightweight champion since “Sweet Pea” Whitaker. That’s a pretty big deal in itself.

Secondly, there a growing number of fans who believe that Vasyl Lomachenko is overrated. Yes, seriously. I’ll cover this in the next section, but what I will say here is that those same fans see Lopez as a true test to Lomachenko.

And to go even further than the two points above, this should be an excellent fight between the best it gets in technical boxing and a big, powerful hitter who is hungrier than a fleet of lice in an old toupee.

Lopez’s 2nd-round KO of the solid Richard Commey sent out a warning message to potential opponents, including Lomachenko. Having thrashed the Ukrainian icon in a series of interviews and comments since, he finally has his wish.

But there are more than Lopez’s supporters confident that he will win. WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury believes that Lopez can beat Lomachenko, stating in an interview that the 22-year-old’s power makes him a ‘heavyweight on tiny legs.”

This fight is exciting to a large number of fans who believe Lomachenko has not been tested sufficiently at lightweight. Despite wins over Luke Campbell, Anthony Crolla, Jose Pedraza, and Jorge Linares, the 32-year old has not convinced everyone that he is the real deal in this weight class.

Lopez represents a true challenge, according to this perspective. More than this, he is a big lightweight with a real pop to his shots, while his opponent in September is small for the weight class and seemingly vulnerable.

But overrated? Really?

Is Lomachenko Overrated?

Perhaps the greatest amateur boxer of all time, Lomachenko ended his career in the unpaid ranks with a ridiculous record of 396-1. His only loss, to Albert Selimov, was avenged twice.

A two-time Olympic gold medalist with tons of other medals and trophies under his belt, Lomachenko’s move into professional boxing was big news.

In his first pro bout, Lomachenko won the WBO International featherweight title against José Ramírez but would lose to Orlando Salido in shocking circumstances for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.

After this fight, Lomachenko beat Gary Russell Jr. to win the vacant belt, equaling the record of former Muay Thai standout Saensak Muangsurin in winning a world title in just three fights.

Since then, Lomacheno has won titles at super featherweight and lightweight, sweeping past everyone in his path. At his best, he is a freak athlete combining incredible footwork, movement, and angles with otherworldy boxing skills.

From November 2016 to December 2017, Lomachenko made Nicholas Walters, Jason Sosa, Miguel Marriaga, and Guillermo Rigondeaux quit in consecutive fights. And while he might be approaching the final stages of his professional career, he still has the capability to make solid fighters just give up.

I can see how some see Lomachenko’s lack of true contenders as a reason to say that he is overrated. It’s also easy enough to understand why the lightweight division in its current state affects his claim to greatness. But is that his fault? Aside from Salido, Lomachenko is yet to lose a fight as a pro.

Unfortunately, “The Matrix” just cannot win. Regardless of who he beats, there will still be fans claiming that he is underrated until he overcomes a fighter of his own caliber.

Where and When Will Lomachenko vs. Lopez Happen?

Given the current global situation, putting together a fight of this magnitude is going to pose a few problems. But both parties seem to be working towards a showdown in the United States in September, when the lockdown measures in the country are expected to ease significantly.

A fixed date for the lightweight unification scrap has not been released, but we will hopefully get one soon.

What is more than likely, however, is that a September fight between Lomachenko and Lopez will be behind closed doors. As weird as it will be to see these two go at it in an empty arena, boxing fans have been so starved of action that I can’t see many complaining.

There was concern over Lomachenko’s ability to fight in the United States with the current global travel restrictions in place. The 32-year-old is currently in Ukraine and would have to satisfy criteria to be allowed back into the country. But as Lomachenko has a Green Card, he should be fine.

So, are we all set for September? Well, not just yet. But it has to be said that the signs look good. Both men want the fight. 

Who Will Win – Lomachenko or Lopez?

I couldn’t possibly give you an answer on who will win this fight without breaking it down for you first. But I’m sure that you will probably have an idea about who I am leaning towards at this point…

As highly as I revere Vasyl Lomachenko, Lopez is a dangerous fighter. He has power that could cause the world’s greatest boxer trouble if he can connect. But chances come few and far between against Lomachenko, so he will need a gargantuan performance in order to pull off the shock. 

There is a ten-year age gap in his fight, with Lomachenko coming in as the older man. Will that be a decisive factor in what will certainly rank among the biggest fights in boxing this year?

Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. But I’ll certainly be looking at all areas and angles when I produce a comprehensive Lomachenko vs. Lopez fight preview when the scrap is signed off and we have a date.

So keep your eyes out for that. And yes, that applies to you even if you have already put your money down on either guy.

Excited for Lomachenko vs. Lopez?

You can’t please all the people all the time, but most of the boxing people should be a little excited for this one.

Lomachenko vs. Lopez is going to be a very exciting scrap. And with the latter’s gift of gab, you can expect heated exchanges in the run-up to the fight. Whether Loma beats Lopez, or vice versa, is a matter for fate to decide. That said, it’s going to be fun breaking this one down and predicting the victor. 

Boxing has been in short supply as of late, but it’s nice to see a little light at the end of the tunnel. Getting back to having regular, big bouts in front of audiences might take a little while, but I’ll be more than content to have some boxing back on TV.

With more fights set to be announced over the course of the coming weeks, make sure you don’t miss out on the latest developments on our boxing blog

And finally, before I go, what’s your prediction for Lomachenko vs. Lopez? Go on, have your say in the comments section below!

Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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