Vergil Ortiz Sr Calls Teofimo Lopez-Vasyl Lomachenko Rematch a “50/50 Fight”

Published 06/30/2021, 2:03 PM EDT
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)


With Vasyl Lomachenko back in the winning column, Vergil Ortiz Sr believes that a rematch between Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez would be a tough call.

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After stopping Masayoshi Nakatani in a recent bout, Vasyl Lomachenko called out Teofimo Lopez Jr for a second fight. While he initially showed disinterest in fighting Loma again, Teofimo Lopez’s stance changed soon after Loma dropped Nakatani twice in the ninth round.

Vergil Ortiz Sr believes that the first bout between Loma and Lopez was very close and with the recent developments in Loma’s game, he thinks that the rematch will challenge both corners.

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I’m hoping to see Lomachenko and Teofimo again. That’s a 50/50. I mean, it was close the first time, he didn’t throw it the last time, maybe he throws it this time. That’s a fight I’d watch,” said Vergil Ortiz Sr.

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Vasyl Lomachenko is coming for the throne

Teofimo’s father Teofimo Lopez Sr was present at State Farm Arena for the Lomachenko-Nakatani fight. In an interview with ESPN, he confirmed that Lopez’s team is looking to book a rematch with Vasyl but that it has to be after Teofimo gets through his mandatory fight against George Kambosos.

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According to DAZN News’ Steven Muehlhausen, Lomachenko showed significant improvements in his overall game against Nakatani. Unlike his first fight against Lopez, Loma did not take his time to advance and strike.

Vasyl Lomachenko opened with explosive striking to put pressure on Nakatani. In addition, he applied incredible footwork that allowed him to create angles for making his striking more effective.

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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)

Some experts even posited they got to see the Lomachenko of old again against Nakatani. With his current form, he could prove to be a problem in a rematch against Teofimo Lopez Jr.

Both fighters are coming in strong with new movements and strategies. It will be interesting to watch how this storyline unfolds further.

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