When unified titleholder Vasiliy Lomachenko tangles with unbeaten IBF champion Teofimo Lopez Jr. on Saturday in their light championship summit from Las Vegas, fans are very likely to see boxing’s best fight of the calendar year break out.
Overflowing with prestige, storylines and legitimate bad blood between the two, the fight is both a grudge match and a blockbuster crossroads fight at the same time. Simply put, there are so many reasons to love what this matchup represents on paper.
Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs), just 23, faces his toughest test to date by far in the 32-year-old Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs), a three-division champion who has been a staple atop boxing’s mythical pound-for-pound rankings for years.
Let’s take a closer look at what to love most about this unification bout inside the MGM Grand Conference…