Arum outlines plan for probable Loma-Lopez

June 10, 2019



Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum is very interested in matching top 2 pound-for-pound fighter Vasiliy Lomachenko (13-1) against rising prospect turned contender Teofimo Lopez (13-0).

In his last outing which took place in April, Lomachenko blasted out an overmatched Anthony Crolla to retain his WBA and WBO lightweight titles.

Lopez fought a week later when he stopped Edis Tatli in five rounds.

Lomachenko previously stated that he would only fight Lopez if he had a world title.

Arum outlined a plan to make both fighters happy.




“Lopez is fighting the Japanese guy (Masayoshi) Nakatani for the #1 position (with the IBF).”

That final eliminator for both precocious, undefeated fighters is scheduled for July 19 at the MGM National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

“If he wins, then he will fight the Commey-Beltran winner. That fight is June 28th,” Arum told

“Lomachenko then will fight Luke Campbell in England (for the vacant WBC lightweight title) so hopefully all 4 titles will be on the line next year if it’s Loma against Teofimo.”

Lomachenko-Campbell is expected to take place in the late summer with August 31st the likely date for the fight.



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