Editor’s take note: Vasiliy Lomachenko is a few-fourths of the way to his aim of unifying boxing’s light-weight division after defeating Luke Campbell Saturday in London. Only one particular major belt stays, and that title will belong to possibly present titleholder Richard Commey or obligatory challenger Teofimo Lopez the moment that battle is formally created for late in 2019.
Lomachenko looks poised and completely ready to struggle either man once the opportunity comes jointly, and that seems specially real when it comes to Lopez. More than the past few of many years, the 22-calendar year-aged upstart and his father have spoken normally of their desire to confront Lomachenko, with Lopez’s father (also named Teofimo) having some severe phrases for the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the planet.
So how does Lomachenko’s remaining hurdle to unification participate in out? Previous two-division planet titleholder Timothy Bradley Jr. has the scouting report on how each Lopez and Commey would match up versus Lomachenko in a potential combat with all four belts on the line.
How does Lopez match up with Lomachenko?
Bradley: He has to earn the Commey struggle 1st. I have uncertainties about that one. That is a hard battle for Lopez at this phase in his career.
He’s a unsafe male, but if you match him up with a man like Lomachenko, nicely, it can be likely to be like substantial university trigonometry. It truly is heading to be like trigonometry all around all over again for him. He is going to understand a minor one thing about angle. He’s likely to find out about what you imagine is there is not constantly there.
I observed a large amount of vulnerability in Lopez in his very last combat. He received strike with some clean proper hands by Masayoshi Nakatani. You won’t be able to get strike with people kinds of pictures towards a dude like Commey. You can’t. Commey has deadly punching energy in both arms.
You know how it appears to be like from the outside and how it is in the inside, when you get in there with Lomachenko. I consider Lomachenko’s heading to perform all-around with Lopez. I feel Lomachenko’s likely to punish him for indicating the issues that he and his father have mentioned (Website link). He is going to punish him due to the fact his father saved choosing on Lomachenko and disrespecting Lomachenko. I feel Lomachenko’s likely to enable the battle go on as lengthy as he desires to go on. He’s going to just pick the kid apart and go away him in pieces.
Lopez, at this position, has no way to turn all around. He’s place himself in this posture, but like I stated, first of all he has to get previous Commey.
It will be a learning expertise. I you should not feel it will damage his career for the reason that he is even now younger in his occupation, but it will have an effect on his delight. He’ll get a whole lot of practical experience from a decline to Lomachenko. It’d be a very little piece of humble pie at the exact same time.
Even although he is a massive 135-pounder, Loma, myself, I suggest any one which is at the top level understands what we witnessed when he fought Nakatani. To me, he was exposed, and he bought exposed in a way exactly where he was hit with proper palms, virtually far too typically, and he was never ever equipped to make that adjustment.
A single of the defenses that Lopez likes to use is the catch and shoot. So, that’s his detail, you know, equivalent to an Anthony Yarde, where by they fall their left hand and they really don’t genuinely use the remaining hand to block just about anything and they count on shoulder roll. Effectively that’s no exclusive defense. He depends on the shoulder roll, and the way you conquer the shoulder roll is a excellent jab, educated feet, arrive about the prime with the suitable and then carry again the still left hook, because their opponent is lined up for that sort of punch.
Loma, becoming a southpaw, will almost certainly land that straight still left hand each and every time he pulls back again with his arms — his still left hand down and his ideal hand up. I just see Loma slowly breaking him down and then stopping him. I see Loma halting Lopez, I actually do.
How does Commey match up with Lomachenko?
Bradley: These guys, they will not know. They will not fully grasp trigonometry, they don’t comprehend angles. Loma does, and it’d be the exact same trouble for Commey as it would be for Lopez — but I assume it’d be even worse for a male like Commey.
Richard Commey, he fights steady, rigid, not definitely a complete great deal of higher-overall body movement. He throws punches large. Loma will be equipped to time him with photographs. Commey’s only prospect, actually, is to catch Lomachenko, knock him on his powering and, and not enable Loma get up. He’s bought to knock him out. That’s the only way — he has a puncher’s possibility, and that’s it.
Commey will in all probability get stopped a lot faster than Lopez will, for the reason that of the angles, simply because of the speed and mainly because of how educated Lomachenko is. I take nothing at all away from Commey. He’s a difficult, tough male, but there are stages to this activity, guy. You will find concentrations, and Lomachenko is at the elite level. Commey is a excellent winner, but he is not elite.
Why are equally of these matchups excellent for Lomachenko?
Teofimo Lopez dazzles crowds with not only his knockout finishes, but extravagant write-up-battle celebrations.
Bradley: I understand that the Lopez camp, they may possibly really feel a sure way due to the fact I’m expressing it, but from my working experience I’m declaring if Lopez would not deal with that protection, he will not past with Lomachenko. He will get peppered, and peppered, and peppered, until possibly his father throws in the towel, which he possibly never ever will, or the child will never even come out any more, or he gets knocked out. He will get stopped, mainly because Loma is going to punish him. I’m serious. He is going to punish him terribly, because of all the chatting that he is been doing.
And for Commey, he’s like a robotic. He is going to come forward, and he’s likely to battle, and he only understands how to struggle 1 way. He won’t know how to battle backing up. And as soon as Lomachenko figures that out, which will just take possibly a spherical or two, it can be going to be about. He is heading to start out having Commey aside, setting him up all over again and once again [to] walk him into something.
Could Lopez exhibit you just about anything versus Commey that might shift your view?
Bradley: If Lopez can tighten up his defense and he can come guiding his jab, arrive behind an educated jab and start out setting up his offense, then he can give Lomachenko one thing. Some form of resistance, mainly because the kid is highly effective, he is younger, and now we know he can go the distance, no difficulty. But that’s what he is going to need to do. He is heading to have to go again to the drawing board, and I’m not confident if his father did take him there. His father has embedded this design and style in him, which induced tons of complications for him, having strike with the correct hand more than and about and around yet again by a taller dude.
As considerably as the Richard Commey combat goes, I imply, Lopez can earn that battle. He’s the a lot more athletic fighter. He is the additional skillful fighter. But you can find one matter that Richard Commey does extremely well. He has that grit, that willpower, and when he usually takes a licking he keeps on ticking. If you will not harm him, if you don’t genuinely damage him, then he’s heading to just take you out. He’s obtained punching energy with each fingers, and he’s dangerous during each next of a combat.
Lopez will have to be on his A-match. If he’s not on his A-sport towards Commey, he’s heading to lose the combat. Not just drop it, he’s heading to get knocked out.