Generally being locked behind a pretty hefty paywall on pay-per-view, marquee championship boxing matches most of the time force fans of the sweet science to dig into their wallets to watch the prize fights go down. That won’t be a factor this weekend, however, as Vasiliy Lomachenko meets Teofimo Lopez in a lightweight title unification clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas which can be seen live on free television.
Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KO) transitioned from being arguably the greatest amateur boxer in history to being put on the fast track as a professional, fighting for a world title in just his second pro bout. He would suffer a loss in that fight, dropping a split decision to Orlando Salido. He rebounded in his next fight, taking a decision over Gary Russell Jr. and winning the WBO featherweight title. He would eventually move up to junior lightweight and then to lightweight, winning belts at every weight. He currently holds the WBA and WBO world titles.
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Lopez (15-0, 12 KO) didn’t enter the professional ranks with the same level of hype as Lomachenko but quickly proved himself an emerging star with a flashy style and serious skills. Aside from a flat performance in winning a decision against Masayoshi Nakatani, Lopez has impressed every time he has stepped into a ring. Most recently, Lopez won the IBF championship with a stunning second-round knockout of Richard Commey in December.
It’s going to be a busy week leading into one of the most lucrative fights of the year. CBS Sports will keep you up to date on everything going down at the MGM Grand with the latest news, top features and best bets to make for this loaded fight card on Saturday night. This page will be updated often, so be sure to bookmark it throughout the week.
Odds below provided via William Hill Sportsbook.
Lomachenko vs. Lopez fight card, odds
- Vasiliy Lomachenko (c) -420 vs. Teofimo Lopez (c) +330, IBF, WBA, WBO lightweight championship
- Arnold Barboza Jr. -210 vs. Alex Saucedo +175, junior welterweights
- Edgar Berlanga vs. Lanell Bellows, super middleweights
Lomachenko vs. Lopez info
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 17
- Location: MGM Grand — Las Vegas, Nevada
- Start time: 10 p.m. ET
- TV channel: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (try for free)