The head of the promotion company Top Rank Bob Arum said that the world champion of WBA, WBO and WBC lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KO’s) and IBF belt holder Teofilo Lopez do not wish to make interim fights before a unification match between them.
“We hope to have the bout Lomachenko – Lopez in September before my eyes two and a half thousand spectators. Understand, fighters are fighters. They do not face such problems as we do when we have to understand why it is impossible to organize the fight.
I have to say one thing: when I talked to Lomachenko and Lopez, offering them a mid-fight as their fight will take place not before September, they refused. Both said: “We want to fight each other and do not require an intermediate fights to restore shape,” said Arum.