Teofimo Lopez has mocked Vasiliy Lomachenko’s chase for a rematch by saying “he’s combating my leftovers” – and is popping his personal consideration to Josh Taylor.
Lopez introduced a shock finish to Lomachenko’s prestigious reign because the world’s No 1 light-weight by sealing a formidable factors win to unify the IBF, WBA and WBO belts final yr.
He will defend his titles towards obligatory challenger George Kambosos Jr in New York on Monday October 4.
Lopez informed Sky Sports activities that he has no plans to danger his standing because the division’s king towards his previous rival once more: “Even the person himself stated it, even Lomachenko stated.
“He is combating my leftovers, making an attempt to redeem himself.
“It is cute that everybody thinks he’s going to get me once more.
“The best way I look at it now? We’re previous that. We’re looking at larger and higher issues, like Josh Taylor.
“There will be no rematch.
“Had I misplaced, they might have by no means given me the chance, so I am not doing it.”
Lomachenko most just lately stopped Masayoshi Nakatani in 9 rounds, an opponent Lopez beat on factors.
The Ukrainian, beforehand feted as one of the best pound-for-pound boxer on this planet, is subsequent anticipated to combat Richard Commey, one other of Lopez’s former foes.
Lopez stated about stepping up a division to combat Taylor, the undisputed super-lightweight champion: “The man can discuss all he needs however everyone feels my vitality once I step as much as the plate.
“I must get Kambosos Jr out of the way in which.
“I do not need individuals to again down.”
He vowed to provide towards Kambosos Jr: “Explosiveness, ring IQ, footwork. I’ve obtained a lot better because the Lomachenko combat. I’ve improved to the subsequent stage.
“I need to present you what you’ve got but to see, or have not seen because the 70s and 80s. This boxing period now could be rocky so I need to carry it again to its roots.
“I’ll knock him out. I do not like this man.
“I get it. He is enjoying a half, enjoying the powerful man. However disrespecting my household?
“I am unable to look ahead to his face to beat up my palms!”
Lopez is amongst an thrilling quartet of younger, unbeaten American lightweights alongside Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis.
However he insists that his rivals have not earned comparisons to the wonderful era of ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran.
“Everybody needs to carry again that period of fighters however now we have got YouTubers combating,” Lopez stated.
“These guys aren’t the 4 Kings, they have not fought any high calibre fighter but. They have not fought a high 10 or high 5 dude.
“I am not terrified of anybody. I do not duck or dodge anybody.”
Lopez, promoted by High Rank whose fights are proven solely by Sky Sports activities within the UK, stated about debuting in Britain: “Completely. Winner takes all. Once I get that chance within the UK, I will not blow it.”
Sky Sports activities Boxing schedule
September 25 – Sky Sports activities Field Workplace
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk – IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles
Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic – WBO cruiserweight title
Chris Eubank Jr vs Sven Elbir
David Avanesyan vs Liam Taylor – European welterweight title
Richard Riakpohre vs Krzysztof Twardowski
Mikael Lawal vs Steven Ward
Savannah Marshall vs Lolita Muzeya – WBO middleweight title
Hughie Fury vs Christian Hammer
Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson – WBO super-featherweight title
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title