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By Aaron Cooper   - @IntuBoxing

Less than a month remains until fight fans will be treated to what could easily be called the biggest fight of the year. Now, I know what you’re thinking ladies and gentleman. Well duh, Mr Writer. We are in the midst of a global pandemic. We’ve barely seen any action at all.

You’re correct reader. But the fight in question, will see the first Undisputed Lightweight Champion of the World crowned since the late, great Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whittaker achieved the feat way back when in 1992!

Hold onto your hats folks, as Intuboxing.com previews Vasyl ‘Hi-Tec’ Lomachenko vs Teofimo ‘El-Brooklyn’ Lopez.

Tale of the Tape: This fight has ‘Name you cliché’ written all over it. Age vs youth, brains vs brawn. As far as professional experience goes, the mind boggles to think that Lomachenko, aged 32 and 9 years his opponents senior. Has had the same amount of fights as his 23 year old opponent. But whilst Lopez made his debut in November of 2016, on the very fight of the undercard to Manny Pacquiao vs Jesse Vargas. Lomachenko made his debut high up the card beating Jose Luiz Ramirez for the WBO Intercontinental Featherweight title on the Bradley vs Marquez undercard. Ironically, both men making their debuts at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Albeit three years apart.

The physical advantages firmly sit in the corner of the IBF champion, Lopez. At 5’8 he’s an inch taller than his Ukranian foe. And, possess at three-inch reach advantage at 68.5 to Lomachenko’s 65.5. Given the fact that he is career lightweight, and that Lomachenko began professional boxing life at 126-Pounds. There is an argument that the heavier fists are possessed by the Honduran-American. His knockout ratio would suggest that too with his 12 knockouts outscoring Lomachenko’s 10. But, a quick glance at the records highlights the sheer gulf in the quality of opponents that the two men have faced. Lomachenko opens the betting favorite (2/7) to one of his biggest tests to date. That comes in the shape of Teofimo Lopez a (5/2) underdog according to this source.

Now, despite being many fighter, fan or journalist’s consensus pound for pound number one fighter on the planet. Many are quick to point out Lomachenko’s sole loss in his second professional fight to Orlando Salido. It’s no secret Lomachenko hung around in the amateurs for perhaps longer than he should have done, amassing a huge 396-1 amateur record. One unrivalled anywhere in the history of the sport. But, boxing fans being the fickle creatures we all know that we are (heck I can be too). Are clinging onto the similarities in style between Lopez and Salido, Im here to tell you that aside from liking a brawl. There really aren’t that many fight fans.

Lopez’ rise to the top was punctuated last time out with a phenomenal second round, TKO victory over Richard Commey. That’s really nothing to turn your nose up at. But Lomachenko is no Richard Commey. Earlier on in this article I mentioned how this fight will crown the first undisputed champion at 135 pounds since Pernell Whittaker. Like ‘Sweet Pea’ Lomachenko balances a second to none defence with an elite level offense, epitomised with the best footwork in the sport today, bar none. Lomachenko will make you miss and make you pay. He made the great Guillermo Rigondeaux quit on his stool. He has something you simply can’t teach and that is a god given ability of pugilistic nous, a once in a generation talent.

Will Lopez join the ‘Nomas’chenko club, I doubt it. But this fight has simply come too soon in his career to beat Lomachenko in this humble writers opinion. But I’ve been wrong before …