The battle for the unification of the lightweight category with the participation of Vasily Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez Jr. is excitingly close and there are only a few small obstacles that need to be removed before we reach Saturday night.
Both fighters must pass a final test for COVID-1
After years of escalating tensions between the two fighters and their fathers, Lomachenko and Lopez were quite controversial during the fighting week – and this was made clear during Wednesday night’s press conference as each fighter spent an hour in the national team. television, staring down at the opposition.
Despite the bad blood and at a time when both fighters remain in the same top-ranking bubble on the 12th floor of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, peace is preserved.
Ever since they arrived within an hour of each other on Tuesday night, there had been a concerted effort to separate both the boxers and their camps. Both boxers have certain security throughout the fighting week, and their rooms are in different sections of the floor.
“At the moment, we don’t worry much about the emotions that come up or anything like that. There’s too much on the line,” said Carl Moretti, vice president of boxing operations for the highest rank. “They have different schedules only for logistical reasons, but this is not based on security.
“If you happen to see yourself in the hallway or something, you can only do so much. I mean, we’re all on the 12th floor, but it’s a big 12th floor.”
Evan Korn, a Top Rank journalist, said the two fighters crossed the road at the MGM Conference Center on Thursday, “without incident.”
Both fighters remained busy during their stay in Las Vegas. Although this battle will be broadcast on ESPN, it carries the stakes of a pay-per-view event and related responsibilities. Both Lomachenko and Lopez had a lot of media duties to fulfill and other meetings related to this promotion.
While this combat week is anything but ordinary, most of the week is still played the same way for fighters.
“It’s strictly business, it really doesn’t bother us,” Egis Klimas, Lomachenko’s manager, said Thursday morning. “We’re here in Vegas, not to go to restaurants, not to go to casinos and bars. We came here strictly for business and to tell you the truth, even if there was no bubble, our way of life would be the same.”
Lomachenko’s team has always run a very strict, regulated, private camp that lasts until the night of the battle.
“We stay in the room with the team, we are focused, we watch movies, we watch the preparation that Papachenko shot throughout the whole thing – he edited it,” Klimas said. “Nothing is changing. We have a schedule, meetings, we talk to the media, we went to a press conference, tomorrow is a weigh-in.
“For us, the only thing that changes is that we have to pass the test and have bracelets. This is the rule, we stick to it. “
Any free time Klimas had was spent on the phone doing business with his other boxers, including Alexander Usik, who faced Derek Chisora two weeks later in a heavyweight heavyweight bout.
Vasily Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez Jr. were raised differently by their fathers.
However, Klimas got a moment with Teofimo Lopez Sr. while he was in the balloon.
“Suddenly I see a Senior walking across the room and shouting, ‘He’s scared!’ Afraid of! I see he’s scared! “, Remembers Klimas.” I mean …. who’s afraid? Is your son afraid, or is Lomachenko afraid? I don’t know, or are you afraid? So basically for us, listen, this is a program. This is what we came for, plus it is a very close step for Lomachenko’s dream and we are going here to achieve Lomachenko’s dreams. “
Lopez’s bold and outspoken father, who says the balloon was not a problem for either Teofimo or their camp, has a history of creating drama – especially when it comes to Lomachenko. But he insists he will be at his best until the battle takes place
“I’m not going to do more than that because I know I have to stay ready,” Lopez Sr. said. “This man won’t get away and he won’t invent it. I have to make sure my son is healthy, that he goes in there and does what we have to do.”
This does not mean that he is ready to back down from his boasting or predictions even by a little.
“Man, he’s going to destroy it,” Lopez Sr. promised. “I’ve never seen him so confident in my life. It was a great camp.”
Great camp or not, one of the biggest worries coming in the battle for Teofimo was his weight. As of Thursday night, however, this seems to be in place.
“He’s already on weight, we’re fine,” Lopez Sr. said, explaining that only five kilograms of water weight remained. “He made the weight better than that [Richard] Commey battle. “
Working with the perfect athlete, his water and intake and hydration is a key focus.
“We cut him to a gallon and a half yesterday because he drank two gallons every day,” said Lopez Sr., who took his son through some conditioning training on Wednesday night that included him as his father threw soccer balls at the MGM Grand. . Lopez did not look like a fighter struggling to lose weight.
“He’ll even have breakfast before the weigh-in,” Lopez Sr. said. “So we’re fine.”