Fast-rising Lightweight sensation Teofimo Lopez is confident he can unseat pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko.
Widely regarded as boxing's best prospect, Lopez has raced to 12-0 (10 KOs) in impressive fashion, so he now believes he's ready to become a World Champion this year.
Lomachenko holds the WBA and WBO belts at 135lbs, and his plan was to unify with IBF Champion Richard Commey in April, but the Ghanaian suffered a hand injury during his win over Isa Chaniev. The Ukrainian's dream is to hold all four belts within the Lightweight division.
"After 10 years, if you go in a bar and talk about boxing, you need to remember my name. Tomorrow you can lose money, but your name and history you never lose" - @VasylLomachenko 💯#BoxNationMeetsLomachenko is available to watch in full on YouTube:https://t.co/5bjahjxmiB pic.twitter.com/XhPSRfffgi— BoxNation (@boxnationtv) November 20, 2018
"I don’t see any of these guys as blue-chip fighters," Lopez told Max Kellerman on ESPN’s Max On Boxing. "Don’t get me wrong, these guys paved the way...but there’s so many flaws these guys have."
"What we’re looking forward to is a World Title fight. Who has a World Title? Lomachenko has a World Title. Commey has a World Title. Mikey Garcia has a World Title although he’s fighting at 147."
Lopez and Top Rank could target Garcia's WBC belt - depending on what his next move will be after facing Errol Spence Jr on March 16th - which could pave the way for a unification between Lomachenko and Lopez at the end of 2019 or start of 2020.
"We’re here to fight the World Champions," continued the 21-year-old, "we’re here to win the World Title no matter who it is against."
Offering a final assessment, Lopez argued: "I feel like [Lomachenko] does the same thing when it comes to footwork and moving side-to-side. There are three or four different ways of beating Lomachenko."