Vasyl Lomachenko broke COVID-19 protocols so he might get a correct look into Teofimo Lopez’s eyes earlier than their combat on Saturday night time.
The unified light-weight champion strolled by way of the social distancing barrier and acquired up shut and private together with his opponent for an intense face-off on the finish of Friday’s weigh-in.
Lopez appeared unfazed by the transfer and stood stoically evident again at Lomachenko.
The fighters had been finally separated and now received’t see one another once more till they share the ring.
As for the weigh-in itself, Lopez stepped onto the scales first and was pretty much as good as his phrase, coming in bang on the light-weight restrict at 135lbs.
There had been some hypothesis the younger American will quickly by shifting up a division, however he’s stayed put in the intervening time and remained skilled by making weight.
Loma adopted up and in addition weighed precisely 135lbs.
The load lower can have been far much less hectic for the three-division champion who’s smaller and presently preventing above his pure weight.
Lopez and his father/coach Teofimo Sr have each been trash speaking the respectful Loma for a number of years and have now lastly secured the combat they’ve been calling for.
Lomachenko has mentioned a number of occasions that he intends to make the 23-year-old pay for his phrases after they meet within the ring.
Previous to that although, they got here face-to-face earlier this week at a presser.
Noticeably, each time Lopez spoke, Loma glared at him throughout the room and clips of this have since gone viral on social media.
The teen largely prevented eye contact with the elder champion, prompting some observers to model him ‘nervous’ on the massive stage.
In fact, Lopez can have the chance to reply all these questions and silence his doubters when he steps into the ring with Lomachenko on Saturday night time.
Throughout one phase of the press convention although, they performed a video of Lopez and his father’s trash speak for Loma to look at.
He responded stoically: “Saturday. Saturday, we are going to see.”