Teofimo Lopez, lightweight champion by the FIB, WBA and OMB, revealed the reason why he will not give revenge to Vasyl Lomachenko.
“The question that keeps coming back to me is: What would have happened if I lost?” Theophimus to Fighthub. “Would they have had the same respect for me? I think definitely not.
Lopez took the world by surprise by beating the Ukrainian in October 2020, in The Vegas, Nevada.
In one of the great bells of recent years, the fighter of Honduran origin did not have the confidence of many, but he learned an important lesson.
“I was 23 and had my back against the ropes at the time and nobody believed in me,” he revealed. “But now I’m going forward, I’ve gotten stronger, I arrived at that moment and I succeeded. They say I’m gloating, but you know, I did what I did.
After your triumph, Lopez made it known that he was annoyed by the attitude of Lomachenko and dismissed the idea of a rematch.
“I beat him outright,” he commented in October 2020. “What’s the point that people want to see me beat him again? I beat him at his own game. After 10 months without fighting, I beat the guy they say was the best pound for pound. I think all those people are upset and are the ones who want a rematch. Now I am the king ”.
Furthermore, it was revealed that Knoll he suffered a shoulder injury that ultimately ended up costing him the fight.
He was subsequently operated on and just last June he returned and knocked out Masayoshi Nakatani.
After his triumph he challenged Theophimus, but there is no interest from the boxer of Honduran origin in facing the Ukrainian again.
Lopez considered that many have not been able to turn Lomachenko and is focused on seeking new challenges.
“People must now accept what happened,” he said. “I don’t understand why they can’t take it. We are on the way to achieving bigger and better things for my career ”.
In recent months it was reported that Lopez will rise to 140 pounds after his match against George Kambosos, to challenge the unified champion, Josh taylor.