Trainer Feels Vasyl Lomachenko Batters Teofimo Lopez in a Rematch: ‘Teofimo Won Those Rounds Because “Loma” Didn’t Do Nothing’

Published 04/10/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Vasiliy Lomachenko punches 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)


In October 2020, Teofimo Lopez and Vasyl Lomachenko confronted each other in a gigantic lightweight title fight. Lomachenko was a favorite in this bout, and many expected him to present the ‘Takeover’ his first boxing loss.

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But tables turned when the contest between the two actually began. The underdog Lopez shook the boxing world by defeating Vasyl Lomachenko via a unanimous decision. A lot of boxing experts believed that ‘Loma’ was too slow in the initial rounds and that’s principally why he lost that bout.

Recently, the bigwig boxing trainer, Robert Garcia, gave his own take on the same. Speaking to Little Giant Boxing, he said, “I honestly think that in a rematch, I think Lomachenko beats Teofimo.”

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“Some of those rounds that he won were much better than all the first six rounds Teofimo won. Teofimo won those rounds not because he put a beating on ‘Loma’. I think Teofimo won those rounds because ‘Loma’ didn’t do nothing,” he added.

Garcia feels the Ukrainian boxer was just too cautious in this fight, and he didn’t really box the way he was supposed to. He even admitted that it was a bad game-plan by ‘Loma’ and his team to rally from the latter rounds in the fight.

Just like Garcia, many shared the same notion wherein they felt Lomachenko himself handed over a win and the titles to Lopez.

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Is Vasyl Lomachenko close to booking a rematch with Teofimo Lopez?

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Right after he suffered a loss to the ‘Takeover’, the 33-year-old stayed firm on booking a rematch. But the champ has now moved on to fight George Kambosos Jr. in a mandatory title defense fight.

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)

Citing this situation, ‘Loma’ will have to box anyone else in the contention to make himself viable for a shot against Lopez yet again. If he gets past his next opponent, and if Lopez retains his belt, this rematch will undeniably come to fruition.

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Moreover, the Lomachenko vs Lopez 2 will have the attention of the entire world for obvious reasons, and fans will look to see Lomachenko’s new game plan in the ring.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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