At stake is the fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Teofilo Lopez will be the title of absolute world champion in the lightweight division. Lopez will put on the line IBF belt, and Ukrainian – the WBC, WBA and WBO. However, the title of world champion under version WBC remains in question.
The reason is that last year the WBC did Lomachenko franchise champion, and he can’t lose this title. Teofilo Lopez, Sr., father Lopez, said that his son in case of victory over Lomachenko will get the WBC belt. It is reported XSport.
Lomachenko will lose the WBC title?
Lopez Sr. says that in case of a victory over Lomachenko his son will unite all four belts in one night, IBF, WBC, WBA and WBO.
And not talking about three – we’ll take all four belts. I said we will give the WBC as soon as we put Lomachenko. I don’t know what they will give to the son – the franchise zone, normal, or anything else – he will take the WBC title. All that is Lomachenko, will be ours,
said father Lopez.
What is the franchise champion
Status provides WBC. The title have Lomachenko and Saul Alvarez. The title is not transferable. Status allows you to avoid the mandatory fights, and formally, the championship belt goes to another boxer. Lomachenko in 2019 won the WBC belt, but the title was Devin Haney.
Team Lopez is trying to negotiate a contract to fight Lomachenko to the status of a franchise champion was also at stake.
“We want everything to be in the set. We want to put an end to this game. For this, we need all the belts,” said Lopez Sr.
The contract on fight is not signed
Recently, the WBC officially announced that the bout between Lomachenko and Lopez will take place in September 2020.
But promoter Bob Arum (Top Rank), promoter of the fight, said that the meeting will be held on October 3 in Las Vegas (USA).
At the same time insider Mike Coppinger (The Athletic) stated that it is premature to say that the fight will take place on 3rd October.
According to him, the parties had not signed a contract even in the fight, which was scheduled for may 30.
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