Teofimo Lopez believes his “explosiveness” can hurt Vasiliy Lomachenko as he embraces his underdog tag ahead of Saturday’s bout.
Lopez (15-0) and Lomachenko (14-1) will face off at the MGM Grand in a lightweight unification bout.
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Lopez, the IBF champion, is supremely confident, although he accepts he is the underdog against the Ukrainian, who holds the WBA and WBO belts.
“I expect him to get hurt, badly, with the explosiveness I bring to the table,” Lopez told Stats Perform News. “I knew I was the underdog coming into this. Listen, it doesn’t motivate me any different, it doesn’t change anything, you know what I mean?
“That is really what it comes to. I knew I was going to be the underdog coming into this fight.”
While Lopez last fought in December last year, Lomachenko is in action for the first time since August 2019. Lomachenko has been unsure how the long layoff would impact him, but the 32-year-old said he was ready.
“We have a long time and we are always still in our shape,” he said. “We prepare 100 percent and this preparation was the biggest preparation in my career, my professional career.”