Vasili Lomchenko and Teofimo Lopez Jr. came into the 135-pound light limit for their anticipated light integration fight on Saturday (ESPN, 7:30 pm ET) at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas on Friday.
Lomchenko and Lopez had post-tension stress after losing weight before Lomchenko and Lopez separated. Faceoffs have been rare in recent fights as social guidelines have been put in place for these incidents.
“He turned negative [for COVID-19], I turned negative, so why not close up? Everyone wants the same. It’s bad blood, I’m ready, “Lopez said after the wait-in.
Lopez (15–0, 12 KOs), an IBF World Titleist, believes that there is more than one way to win.
Lopez said, “Tomorrow, October 17, tune in and see you guys. There are a lot of keys. I’m going to display them.” “A lot of body shots, a lot of head shots. There are many things I can do.
“I’m going to do his muscle. I’m going to play him smart at the same time because I’m able to do that.”
Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs), who has WBA and WBO belts and is the WBC “franchise” champion, has kept an icy cold Demonor all week.
“I want to do 12 rounds, I don’t want to end this fight too fast,” Lomchenko said. “I want to fight all 12 rounds.”