Boxing promoter Bob Arum expects that the unification bout in the lightweight division between Vasyl Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) and Teofimo Lopez Jr. (15-0, 12 KOs) will take place in September: it will be held without spectators somewhere in the USA, Boxing News 24 reports.
According to Arum, Lomachenko's age does not allow them to wait for the COVID-19 pandemic to vanish.
“No, we would want to do that fight as soon as possible. Loma is over in Ukraine, and we are exploring now means for him to get back into the United States with his father and the rest of his training staff," he stated.
As we reported earlier, last week, IBF world lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez Jr. made a statement on his social media that he would not be facing WBA/WBC/WBO and Ring champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
"The Loma fight will not be happening because he is in Ukraine, and they did a ban on traveling, so he cannot come back to the U.S,” he stated.
Lopez Jr. also expressed his willingness to fight two prospects of the 135-pound division: WBC 135-pound champion Devin Haney (24-0, 15 KOs) or the highly ranked Ryan Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs).