Lopez-Lomachenko fight might be collapsing

Mike Coppinger brings the latest word on the (functionally) undisputed lightweight title fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez, and the news isn’t good. Lopez reportedly “rejected a take-it-or-leave-it offer of $1.2 million” and is now “resigned” to defending his IBF title against a different opponent.

Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KO) accepted a “financial package” in excess of $3.25 million “earlier this week.”

Negotiations have been rocky since the beginning. The two were first linked to a May 30th pay-per-view, but didn’t appear to make any real progress by the time the coronavirus crushed those plans. Lopez (15-0, 12 KO) initially claimed that he wouldn’t fight Lomachenko without an audience, though he later changed his tone, and a potential September date was quietly pushed back to October 3rd.

Between this and the failure to get Canelo a September 12th opponent despite months of preparation, it’s looking like it’ll be a while before we get another true blockbuster fight.

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