According to IBF lightweight champ Teofimo Lopez, (15-0, 12 Kos), one of the terms of the agreement in his bout with Vasiliy Lomachenko affirmed that there will no rematch between the two. In a recent interview he said, “There ain’t no rematch clause, and I know why, but it is what it is.”
“We’ve gotta wait and see, man, right now, it’s this fight and then, you know, I’ll plan it out afterwards, to see what we can do. You know? Whatever the future holds, you know, obviously y’all see that I’m not the type of fighter to just talk my stuff and not back it up, you know? And I step up to the plate all the time, you know? If you don’t like me, and I definitely don’t like you, we’re gonna make that fight happen. I’ll throw it out there. You know, I don’t duck or dodge no fighter. How do you expect to the be the best if you limit yourself? You know what I mean?
“How [are] you shorting yourself? Like, I didn’t need to take this fight. You know what I mean? I didn’t need to take this fight, but I wanted to take this fight. Not because of who I’m facing, but because of the achievements I’m about to get from it. You know what I mean? Becoming undisputed lightweight world champion. You know what I mean?”
This comes as a surprise, as title unifications always come with rematch clauses. Especially in a fight at this scale. Even though two-time Olympic Gold medalist Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) will be a solid favorite going into this bout, Lopez has all the tools to pull off the upset.
Also, there are many scenarios where the bout could end in an unsatisfactory or controversial manner. For example, a draw or a razor-close decision could make the fans want the two run it back. What happens then?
Will the second bout be part of a different agreement where both the parties have to sign again? Or will a modification be made in-time for the agreement of this bout? In this rare situation, all we can do is wait and let things play out as they are.