IBF world lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez Jr. (15-0, 12 KOs) made a statement on his social media that he would not be facing WBA/WBC/WBO and Ring champion Vasyl Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) next, Boxing News 24 reports.
According to Lopez Jr., it is related to the travel ban that is currently applied in the United States.
"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.
Nevertheless, the 22-year-old champion is willing to face other prospects of the lightweight division: WBC 135-pound champion Devin Haney (24-0, 15 KOs) or the highly ranked Ryan Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs).
“We are trying to make these fights happen. I am being dead a** [serious]. The fact that these guys don’t want to fight; they want a tuneup fight or something else. It is frustrating," Teofimo added.
As we reported earlier, the boxing bout between Oleksandr Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs) was delayed until a later date.
“The fight between Oleksandr Usyk and Derek Chisora has been postponed due to the worldwide COVID-19 epidemic. According to the promoter Oleksandr Krassyuk, the fight is postponed until July. However, everything will depend on the situation in the world," the message reads.