The rivalry between Teofimo Lopez Y Vasiliy Lomachenko, who have said everything in the promotion, dates back to 2018, when the Ukrainian had an incident with the father of Lopez in the lobby of the Stewart Hotel in New York.
This was revealed by both his own Lomachenko like the father of Teofimo Lopez in a video report that published Top rank on their social networks.
Teofimo Lopez father saw Lomachenko in the lobby of the Stewart Hotel and approached him.
“I was not going to say anything,” he said Lopez father. “I just told him how I was. But he did not show me any kind of respect, he looked at me disdainfully as if to say that my son was not at his level, what was he doing ”.
Y Lomachenko ensures that he remembers the incident well and offers his side of the story.
“Yes there was an incident and I remember it well,” he explains. Lomachenko. “He can give his own version and I give mine, that people choose who to believe. I was waiting for the elevator. He (Lopez father) was not sober. He told me that his son was going to come for me, and that he was going to rip my head off. I told him to bring it to me, and he started walking towards me, and they stopped him, taking him by the arms, and he started to apologize and took him away. That was the first time I saw him. “
Teófimo López Sr. he claims that this incident is what motivated him to take the path of permanent provocation.
“I don’t know what happened, it just turned me on,” he accepts Lopez father. “Maybe the way he walks, the arrogant way he handles himself.”
The Ukrainian assures that both Teófimo López JrLike his father, they began using his name to promote themselves.
“They began to promote their brand at the expense of my name, constantly mentioning me in their statements,” he says Lomachenko.
Teofimo asked Bob Arum to take Lomachenko out of the ring at his coronation
And since the promotion of this fight began, you could feel the bad feeling between both fighters.
Teofimo Lopez was crowned world champion for the first time in December 2019 against Richard Commey to snatch the belt from the FIB. Immediately after the fight, Lomachenko was brought into the ring to be present at the television shot while Lopez was crowned.
The strategy of Top rank it was to start promoting unification from that very moment.
Videos that have emerged from that moment, show that the bad milk was already there. Theophimus claim your promoter Bob arum that has risen to Lomachenko to the ring to take prominence at the time.
“Get the fuck out of my stage,” I said Theophimus to Arum repeatedly.
And the promoter replied that he would not do that, because they needed that moment for the promotion.
“Don’t ruin it,” he asked Arum to Lopez.
– ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) October 13, 2020