IBF lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez has left his beloved hometown of New York due to the coronavirus spread in the US.
Lopez temporarily moved down to Jonesboro, Arkansas, because New York City has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. The 22-year-old Lopez and his wife, Cynthia, are staying at the home of his sister-in-law, where Lopez feels more comfortable as COVID-19 spreads rapidly.
“Right now, we’re just pretty much staying indoors,” Lopez told BoxingScene.com.
“Luckily, we were able to get everything that we needed. I just had to get away from New York. There are just too many people getting infected there, too many people with the virus. I can’t get it. Especially with me having asthma and stuff like that, it won’t be good for me. With the change of the seasons, my allergies really start to kick in, which also triggers my asthma.”
The young champion was supposed to face unified lightweight king Vasyl Lomachenko. The unification bout was scheduled for the end of May, but the coronavirus outbreak will postpone the highly-anticipated fight for at least the end of the summer.