The American coach Andre Rozier, trainer of the Ukrainian Middleweight Sergey Derevyanchenko, expressed his opinion about upcoming match for the title of absolute world champion in the lightweight title between the Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KO’s) and American Teofino Lopez (15-0, 13 KO’s):
“It will be a great fight. I like Ti. That’s my nickname for him. I call it Ti. I got to know him much better during the promotion of the fight with Richie. Teofilo– a really extraordinary person. Unfortunately, my Richie lost. I told him: “Remember, do not neglect protection when you’re in front of this guy.” It’s like a shootout. After all, who will keep discipline in defense and attack, will remain champion. They threw blows at one point, literally in a jiffy. Right hand, Lopez landed a left when Richie was omitted. I always told him: if you’re in trouble – tackle opponent. He had no chances to do it, he didn’t go that far.
Was a fantastic fight, and I expect to see great things from Ti in the future. And the fight with Lomachenko is really awesome. If Ti does not go that far — this is not a defeat. After all, he is in the ring with one of the best in history. Many people expect that it will not be the winner. He will either Shine immensely, or it will be a new experience in his piggy Bank that he can become even better. After all, he is still very young.
Lopez knows what he needs to work hard because it is a very difficult fight for him. Scrap – seasoned veteran. It will be a difficult test. What will happen in the fight, the better for him. The defeat will not hit so much pain for Lopez, as he can hit Lomachenko in terms of experience. I guarantee you that it will be a fantastic performance from Lopez. And he will come out to Shine. I can’t wait to see what happens”.