The painful loss to Teofimo Lopez in October 2020 doesn't mean that Lomachenko is not interesting for anyone in the lightweight boxing division. Top Rank's promoter Bob Arum explained who can be the next opponent for the Ukrainian fighter who desires to face a title-holder to return the respect. Login Casino follows the latest news in combat sports, explaining the possible options for Vasyl Lomachenko.
The unanimous defeat to Teofimo Lopez after six years of spectacular domination in three weight divisions cannot change the attitude towards Vasyl Lomachenko. Of course, his strategy for the unified bout with the young American boxer was quite wrong as the Ukrainian wasn't able to return after giving away the first half of the bout and logically lost via judges' scores. However, he was way more effective during the whole fight, showing a much better shot accuracy than young Teo and better movement.
Nevertheless, one of the core mistakes was made before the bout as Lomachenko himself didn't agree to include a rematch clause in the fight contract. Now the rematch is logically ignored by Lopez but it's quite strange that other top fighters try to avoid Lomachenko at the moment. In the latest interview, Bob Arum explained who can be the next opponents for Vasyl Lomachenko. Among the most notable names are David Haney and Oscar Valdez.
Why do David Haney and Teo Lopez ignore Loma?
The first one is among the title-holders in the lightweight division, keeping the WBC belt since the middle of 2019 after beating Zaur Abdullaev. Although he retained his title two times, he wasn't too persuasive in the matches with Alfredo Santiago and Yuriorkis Gamboa, winning them only by unanimous decision. Giving all the respect, but Haney's three last opponents are not the top fighters to believe he is one of the kings in the division.
The only reason why the "Dream" avoids the fight with the Ukrainian athlete is that he is scared of him. David is only 22, and Vasyl is already 33. It means that a few years will give a significant advantage to Haney, while the "Matrix" is still rather dangerous for the American and his undefeated record. Quite the same reason is in Lopez's head, who ignores not only the Loma rematch but also facing a dangerous opponent in the division. Interestingly, both young Americans say Loma is out of the top race in the lightweight division, but it looks like they are skipping a dangerous opponent and waiting for his retirement.
May Lomachenko return to 130 lb and face Valdez instead?
There are almost no doubts that the "Hi-Tech" wants a title fight, so if Americans avoid Loma, the return to the super featherweight may be an alternative. The WBC super featherweight belt owner can be a nice choice for the Ukrainian, according to Arum.
However, Top Rank's promoter isn't sure about any of the variants. Nonetheless, Arum confirmed that Lomachenko is the top fighter at the moment and deserves a serious opponent. Interestingly, even the rematch and possible trilogy with Teofimo Lopez is discussed, so the next opponent for Loma will definitely be a top fighter.