By Sean Jones: Vasily Lomachenko 14-2, 10 KOs) says he sees Teofimo Lopez as the true undisputed lightweight champion after beating him last October.
Lomachenko sees it as politics why Teofimo (16-0, 12 KO’s) is not considered the undisputed four-belt champion because he should be after his victory.
With that in mind, Lomachenko says he would love to have a rematch with Teofimo, but he and his father Teofimo Sr don’t want the fight.
According to Lomachenko, they know what would happen if they fought him again. In other words, Loma would beat Teofimo and screw up all the money he was collecting.
Lomachenko says he believes WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney got away with illegal holding in his victory over Jorge Linares on May 29.
The umpire took a hands-off approach to police Haney’s excessive hold after he was injured on the 10th. Lomachenko saw it as a betrayal by Haney and believes that the outcome of his fight with Linares would have been different if the referee had punished him.
Lomachenko explains why Teofimo doesn’t fight him
“I don’t want to ask him about a rematch because he knows and his father knows,” Lomachenko told SnowqueenLA when asked if he would ask for a rematch with Teofimo Lopez.
“It was a very close fight, and tHey you know what would happen if they gave me a rematch. That’s why they want to move up to the next weight class .
“It is still my goal to become the undisputed world champion [at 135]“Said Lomachenko. For me, Teofimo Lopez is the undisputed world champion because I fought with him and hold two belts.
“I won the WBC belt with Campbell. He won the fight with me and took three. He had the IBF belt, making him the undisputed world champion, no question about it.
“It’s WBC policy,” Lomachenko said when asked about 135-pound WBC champion Devin Haney. “I do not care.”
Teofimo Lopez Jr. and his father Teofimo Sr. have been fairly transparent about their lack of interest in giving Lomachenko a rematch.
It is interesting how easy it is to understand their real reasons for not wanting to fight Lomachenko again.
I think they clearly know the odds of losing the fight against Loma are high, which is why they adamantly refuse to give him a second fight.
Although Teofimo would make more money again by fighting Lomachenko, he still won’t.
The referee helped Haney says Loma
“It was a very good fight. He showed us his skills, ”said Lomachenko of Haney’s fight with Jorge Linares. “He’s a very intelligent boxer, but he had a problem in a fight.
“The last three laps have been very tough for him. Nobody knows what happens if Linares catches him again.
“I think the referee helped him a bit, of course, because Haney always kept in the last three rounds. If the umpire took a point off Haney for holding it would be a different picture in my opinion.
“But he won this fight, no question about it, but it wasn’t easy. When I fought Linares, he was in his prime back then. Right now he’s an older fighter.
“What happened in the end was Haney tried to survive because there was nothing else he could do.
“He was trying to end the fight somehow, and all he could do was wrestle, hold, and hold. That’s illegal in boxing. Still, he could anyway. This enabled him to avoid the fight.
“Nobody knows what would have happened if the referee had taken a point.
“Then maybe he would have stopped holding and if he had stopped holding, Linares would have landed more shots at him, ”said Lomachenko.
Haney’s clinch was fraud in every way. He was forced to cheat to survive and the referee did not do his job properly by punishing Haney for it.
As Lomachenko says, if Haney lost points, Haney would have stopped holding and once he did, Linares would beat him.
Haney was in such bad shape for the last two rounds that he probably couldn’t have made more than a small handful of shots without being stopped.
Hence, the referee’s decision not to punish Haney, or at least to warn him, ultimately cost Linares the fight.
Referee Russell Mora allowed Haney to clinch openly from Rounds 10 through 12.
Mora would have changed the outcome of the fight if he had monitored the non-stop stance for Haney, who was clearly playing the system using excessive clinching to keep Linares from beating him on Nov.
If this were the NFL, if the umpires were better off stopping defenders cheating, Haney would have been punished repeatedly.
No chance Loma will return to 130
“Gervonta Davis is the big puncher in my division,” said Lomachenko. “Davis hits hard, he’s got power. He can knock you out with a single punch.
“He fights at 130, I fight at 135,” said Lomachenko when asked about a fight with Shakur Stevenson. “I’m not going down to 130.
“I’m sticking to 135 and doing my unfinished business here. I’ve made my decision, I’m not going down to 130.
“We have a lot of good fighters [at 135]. Now it’s a really interesting weight class in the world I think. We have Ryan Garcia, Linares, Tank Davis, me.
If there was a reason for Lomachenko, 33, to return to the super featherweight division, he would make the switch. But the problem is that there aren’t any big names in the division, so it’s not economically viable for Lomachenko to return.
The biggest names at 130 are Oscar Valdez, Jamell Herring, and Shakur Stevenson.
While these guys have a decent following, they’re not on the same level as Gervonta, Ryan Garcia, or Teofimo Lopez. Therefore, it makes more sense for Lomachenko to stick to 135 until the bitter end.
Loma talks about Tank vs. Barrios & Mayweather – Paul
“I think it’s for business [Tank Davis moving up to 140 to challenge WBA champion Mario Barrios]but he’s still world champion with the WBA.
“I never see this guy [Barrios]. I don’t know what he’s like in the ring. It depends on the skill of his opponent, ”Lomachenko said when asked if Tank Davis was too small to fight light welterweight.
“We all saw a fight last Sunday [Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Logan Paul] with different sizes and different weights and we all see.
“If you have the ability, you can fight anyone. But when you’ve fought with someone who understands boxing, it becomes very difficult. We have weight classes, and that’s why.
“We have many weight classes in boxing. You earn money. It’s not a sport. Lots of people buy this fight to watch. Fighters and YouTubers make money, it’s a business.
“I agree because if people want this show, they’ll pay for it. If people want to see it, give it to him.
“The purpose of being famous is to capitalize on its popularity. If they asked someone tomorrow to fight a YouTuber for $ 20 million, wouldn’t you? Of course you will. It’s easy money, ”said Lomachenko.
Gervonta Davis’ promoters at Mayweather Promotions saw an easy grade in WBA 140-pound regular champion Mario Barrios, and that’s why he’s putting on weight.
Tank isn’t interested in going up against undisputed 140-pound champion Josh Taylor, and it’s easy to see why. I think Gervonta knows he would lose to Taylor so he chooses the easier fight against Barrios.