Teofimo Lopez Not Happy With Vasyl Lomachenko -Says He’s Not Acting Like a Champion

Published 01/06/2021, 6:10 AM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 20: Teofimo Lopez celebrates his fifth rounf knockout of Edis Tatli during their lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


 New lightweight king Teofimo Lopez has spoken about Vasyl Lomachenko and his excuses for his defeat. The undefeated fighter spoke bluntly about the former champion and gave his initial reactions to the accusations and comments Lomachenko made.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Vasiliy Lomachenko fights Teofimo Lopez Jr in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

The two fought in October 2020, and in a shock result, ‘The Takeover’ beat the Ukrainian. However, Lopez was the deserved winner and made a big statement to the division. Subsequently, Lomachenko came out with bizarre accusations of bribery to the judges since there was a drastic difference in one scorecard.

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However, speaking to Fight Hub TV, Lopez said, “Lomachenko is a tremendous fighter, you know, overall. However, you’re not acting like a true champion doing those things or saying such, such… such things you know.”

Lopez did react to the comments when the news first broke out. However, those were sarcastic remarks just to shut down the rumors. These comments, on the other hand, showed what he thought of the Ukrainian’s accusations. He then said to ‘Loma’, “Move on, you know. That’s all I can say, man.”

READ: “F*** You”- Teofimo Lopez Responds to Vasyl Lomachenko’s Criticisms

Why did Vasyl Lomachenko accuse Teofimo Lopez of bribing the judges?

The Ukrainian did not agree with the decision and made no secret of it. He spoke about it after the fight and showed his dismay at the outcome. Lomachenko felt that though he started slowly, he went on to dominate the later rounds which should have given him the decision.

However, fans and followers of the sport thought otherwise, and in the end, Lopez got a deserved victory over the champion. Furthermore, as a champion, ‘The Takeover’ is embracing the limelight. Therefore, he feels that Lomachenko should have taken the loss like a champion.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: Teofimo Lopez Jr celebrates after defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko (not pictured) in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

Ever since the controversy, Lomachenko claimed he was mistranslated, and that it was not what he actually said. However, he has still been bitter about the fight and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if the Ukrainian did feel that way.

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READ: Vasyl Lomachenko Says the 140 lbs Division Will Eat Teofimo Lopez Alive

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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