Teofimo Lopez looking to dethrone experienced Vasiliy Lomachenko in much-anticipated Las Vegas fight
If it wasn’t for the coronavirus pandemic Saturday’s bout between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez in Las Vegas would have been one of the pay-per-view blockbuster fights of the year. It’s a dream match up with the Ukrainian, considered to be the pound-for-pound No.1, up against the Brooklyn-born young raging bull, someone who doesn’t lack confidence. Instead, the fight is free on ESPN in the United States, and at a cost of £10 on digital platform FITE TV in the UK. “It would probably be a big pay-per-view with 20,000 in the stands,” said promoter Bob Arum, who has expressed irritation that not one major British broadcaster has opted to buy into the fight. “But the coronavirus has upset a lot of business and people are dying. We’ve got to be thankful for what we have.” At the MGM Grand conference centre inside Arum’s boxing bubble will be just 250 people, including sponsors and specially invited first responders from Nevada. ESPN will guarantee a larger audience than the pay-per-view system. “It could be the biggest possible audience for a boxing match that I can remember,” Arum added.