Vasyl Lomachenko Willing to Take a Pay Cut for Teofimo Lopez Rematch: ‘In Boxing, I Only Want the Legacy’

Published 06/28/2021, 6:49 AM 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)


Vasyl Lomachenko is back in flow with a sensational stoppage win over Masayoshi Nakatani. Now, he seems eager to rematch Teofimo Lopez for his lost lightweight titles. The Ukrainian star had a close fight with Lopez in 2020 and lost the second bout of his boxing career.

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However, ‘The Matrix’ has been disapproving of the result for months. As he has made a successful comeback on board, he is trying to get his hands on Lopez. Surprisingly, the 33-year-old is even willing to take a pay cut to get the matchup. Michael Benson tweeted and revealed Lomachenko’s opinion on Teofimo Lopez’s team.

“You ask me about money? A question for me? I’ve always answered your question, I’ve always told – in boxing I only want the legacy, only legacy,” said Vasyl Lomachenko.

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Meanwhile, the rematch is still far from being put on the papers. Unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez will defend his belts against George Kambosos Jr. next. However, the fight doesn’t have an official date and may go down by late 2021.

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‘Fearless’ Kambosos Jr. is an undefeated boxer with more wins than Teofimo Lopez. Hence, he will present a legitimate threat to ‘Take Over’. All these features can hamper Loma vs Lopez 2 from happening. However, the rematch can be epic if it ever takes place.

Vasyl Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez–The lightweight slugfest

The first fight between two of the best lightweight pugilists scored a record-breaking benchmark at the Box Office. Both men also earned big paydays, which came after an intense in-ring collision. As we saw Lomachenko and Lopez trade haymakers, the fight went to the final bell.

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Both the fighters gave their best and the decision could have gone either way. However, Lopez’s dominance in the early rounds and championship rounds earned him the four lightweight belts. Lopez, however, hasn’t fought since then. Meanwhile, Lomachenko announced his return with a big win. If we can see ‘Take Over’ surpass his next test, the rematch would make sense for all the right reasons.

Do you think Vasyl Lomachenko can avenge his loss to Teofimo Lopez in a rematch? What do you make of his comments?

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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