Vasyl Lomachenko has agreed his side of the deal to fight Teofimo Lopez on October 3.
Ukraine’s WBA, WBO and WBC ‘franchise’ lightweight champion is seeking a unification that would give him the opportunity to secure the final belt he hasn’t yet won at 135lbs.
Lopez is being lined up for a unification with Lomachenko
America’s Lopez won that elusive IBF title by knocking out Richard Commey last December.
Despite being just 22 years of age, he subsequently called out the pound-for-pound star and negotiations are now underway for them to meet next.
Loma’s manager Egis Klimas confirmed to ESPN’s Steve Kim on Monday that “everything is done on our side” of the deal.
They are now waiting for Lopez to finalise his portion – only then will the fight have the green light.
Loma holds the WBA, WBO & WBC ‘franchise’ lightweight titles
Initially promoter Bob Arum stated that he hoped a limited number of spectators would be able to attend the bout.
However, this is no longer the plan as the coronavirus situation in America appears to be showing no signs of an imminent reprieve.
Therefore if a deal gets done, Lomachenko vs Lopez will take place behind closed doors at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Lopez is IBF champion
Top Rank have already been running a series of shows at the venue since June.
Many of these proved a success, though multiple bouts fell through due to injuries, positive COVID tests and even one positive PED test.
The hope is that none of these situations would occur again, allowing Loma vs Lopez to take place on October 3.