IBF lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez Jr. is eying matches against other fighters of the lightweight division with a unification bout against Vasyl Lomachenko on the horizon. The American pugilist talked about his plans for the future in an interview with DAZN.
"I just need to make sure 'Little Diva' (Lomachenko) is not hiding in Egis (Klimas, Lomachenko's manager) room in his guest house during this quarantine because he is out there right now. People think he is in Ukraine, but he is not. He is in (Los Angeles). He is back," Lopez Jr. said.
Even though the incumbent IBF made numerous remarks on his struggle to make 135 pounds, he is willing to stay in the division in order to face WBC champion Devin Haney or rising stars such as Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis.
"You have Shakur Stevenson, Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia, 'Tank' Davis. The list goes on and on. These guys all have something, some type of attribute that makes the fans want to see them more. I am very happy to be in that era now. Teofimo Lopez is the one that is definitely going to take over. How we are going to start, it is with this guy (Lomachenko) on Oct. 3.," he added.
As we reported earlier, Lomachenko and Lopez Jr. are expected to square off on October 3.