VIDEO: Hollywood Actor Mark Wahlberg Lauds Vasiliy Lomachenko for His Performance Against Masayoshi Nakatani

Published 06/28/2021, 11:28 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)


Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg is a fan of combat sports and a big supporter of Vasiliy Lomachenko. Following Vasiliy’s dominant return to the ring with a win over Masayoshi Nakatani, the actor congratulated Lomachenko and said he should fight Teofimo Lopez next.

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Before the Lomachenko-Lopez fight in 2020, Wahlberg had taken to Instagram to show support for Team Lomachenko. Mark believes Lomachenko is “a true champion” for fighting the best boxers in the game.

Now after defeating Masayoshi Nakatani and re-entering the win column, Mark Wahlberg believes in Lomachenko’s ability to redeem his loss against Teofimo Lopez.

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Champ, what a performance, Loma! Very proud of you, bro. Wish I could’ve been there. I’m in Idaho with my family. Way to come back strong, that is a true definition of a champion. After a loss, you rose to the occasion and came back better and stronger. Now go get your belt back,” said Mark Wahlberg.

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Is Teofimo Lopez next for Vasiliy Lomachenko?

Ever since his loss against Teofimo Lopez in October 2020, Lomachenko has wanted a rematch. Lopez has publicly shown disinterest in a rematch with Vasiliy; however, with Lomachenko stopping Nakatani in round 9 and dominating him throughout the fight, the tides seem to be changing.

Teofimo’s father Teofimo Lopez Sr. was in attendance at Lomachenko’s fight against Nakatani. After the fight, Lopez Sr. said that they would offer a rematch to Lomachenko, but also mentioned it has to be after Lopez’s mandatory title defense against George Kambosos in September 2021.

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)

Lomachenko called out Teofimo Lopez Sr. after his victory against Masayoshi Nakatani.

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Everybody saw how I won and everybody has been waiting for the rematch,” Lomachenko said after the fight. “So, let’s make the rematch. … I understand he has a fight in the future. But after. How about after? Next year at the beginning of the year. December. January. February. I’m waiting,” said Lomachenko.

Mark Wahlberg believes that Teofimo Lopez “might get knocked out”. Given Lomachenko’s current form, a rematch with Lopez would definitely be an amazing fight.

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How do you think that fight plays out this time?

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