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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Vasyl Lomachenko’s biggest fight against Teofimo Lopez potentially faces UK Television Boycott?

Vasyl Lomachenko’s biggest fight against Teofimo Lopez potentially faces UK Television Boycott?

The Super Fight may not be seen in the U.K.
Publish Date: 10/05/2020
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster

Negotiations are still ongoing with less than two weeks out, for the
showdown between Vasyl Lomachenko and hotshot Teofimo Lopez. Major
U.K broadcasters are still negotiating as to who will actually televise the lightweight unification. Ahead of potentially his biggest fight to date in his illustrious 15 pro fight career Vasyl Lomachenko is possibly facing a blackout from United Kingdom major sporting television broadcasters. After headlining on Sky Sports Pay-Per-View
just over twelve months ago last August vs Luke Campbell at the 02 Arena. His promotional team Top Rank faces a dilemma that may see no U.K broadcaster showcase this superb fight. Yet just under 2 weeks left, in a highly anticipated unification between 32-year-old Vasyl Lomachenko and young 23-year-old Teofimo Lopez, a three/four belt
lightweight unification depending on who you ask, Devin Hanney will beg to differ. This fight will crown the Lightweight consensus Unifiedarguably Undisputed WBA, WBO, IBF, and Ring Magazine + (Lineal) 1 Champion. The super-fight takes place on October 17 in Las Vegas inside the Top Rank bubble which is yet to be picked up by any U.K
television network broadcaster.

Some major channels like Sky Sports or it’s main rivals BT Sports have
other upcoming shows and programs on their schedule. Sky and BT would
usually take these types of fights on their channels. BoxNation seems
little to not interested as of now, after having showcased the majority of
Lomachenko’s previous fights dating back to his sole professional
defeat in his second pro-fight against veteran Orlando Salido. The Charlo doubleheader, as well as the majority of the recent top rank cards, have all been broadcasted on FITE TV an outlet that is available via the internet which has its own app. The outlet which offers monthly subscriptions for little as $4.99 a month or charges a set $14.99
Pay-Per-View price. As it did for the Charlo doubleheader on September 26. I got in contact with FITE TV recently they told me “We should have more information soon” As of right now there are still negotiations ongoing.

I spoke to an anonymous boxing industry insider, someone who has a
close source on both sides of the spectrum. He told me “As of now it’s
not on in the UK, but there is talk it maybe will be on Television in
the UK” furthermore he added there is talk still ongoing. Boxing fans
in the U.K. have begun to panic whether or not Sky Sports, BT Sports
, or even BoxNation or maybe possibly another U.K broadcaster picks up
this fight, there are still negotiations ongoing. FITE TV who have a
deal with Top Rank to showcase their cards in the U.K are also in
negotiations. This may be a long complicated negotiations, with the
current COVID situation and the fight taking place so late in the U.K
the first bell will be close to 4/5 am in the morning U.K time on
Sunday, October 18 fight will be taking place Sunday morning across
most parts of Europe.

The fight will take place Primetime in America where it will be Live
on ESPN. A treat for American boxing fans. The fight will not be on
ESPN Pay-Per-View. American Boxing fans faced the potential of
coughing up $75 if the fight was to take place on ESPN PPV but with
the ongoing COVID situation and lack of crowds in attendance, hall of
fame legendary promoter Bob Arum decided to put it on the cable network
ESPN. The sensational lightweight unification bout on October 17 is
arguably the most highly anticipated bout for many boxing fans in 2020
it is a couple of months shy before Christmas, so many American fans
will be glad it’s not on PPV. Arum added recently in an interview with
IFL TV regarding the current U.K television situation “A television
network that is doing boxing should buy a Lomachenko vs Lopez fight,
which is a classic lightweight championship for all four belts” Arum
wasn’t happy with the current situation, regarding that no U.K
broadcaster had picked up the fight on their upcoming schedule. As we
entered October, last week, weeks closer to the big fight, 88-year-old
veteran promoter Bob Arum hoped a deal would have been reached. Arum
is still optimistic, he hopes a deal will be ironed out sooner rather
then later.

Teofimo Lopez Sr recently said in an interview with YouTube channel
Punch Drunk Boxer that there were complications on both sides. He stated
Top Rank wanted to put the fight as some sort of Pay-Per-View if no
major U.K. broadcaster was willing to pick the fight up. One week out
of fight week which is next week Monday, October 12 there should be a
more clear indication as to how U.K. fans can watch the super fight,
with ITV Boxing (ITV Box Office) out the door it seems Sky Sports and
BT Sports will try and negotiate a deal out with BoxNation keeping a
tight budget there seems to be more interest from FITE TV towards the
Top Rank cards. So if Sky and BT can’t come to a deal with Top Rank,
sadly this fight will most likely not be televised on U.K Television
it maybe instead will be picked up by FITE TV could potentially be as
a PPV at an additional price of $15 approximately £12, there is no
confirmation yet.

Time will tell, one thing for sure is the American audience will tune
in to watch the super fight on ESPN as arguably the greatest amateur
ever; Vasyl Lomachenko takes on the young hungry lion in 23-year-old,
the flashy brash trash-talker New York native Teofimo Lopez. This
fight comes just under 2 weeks after Jose Zepeda and Ivan Branchyk
fought to a fight of the year candidate. That fight had not only a
Round of the year candidate but a brutal KO of the year candidate
which saw Branchyk flattened by a vicious left hook in Round 5 after
trading 8 back and forth Knockdowns with Zepeda. If Teofimo Lopez wins
he may face Zepeda next year as he’s indicated many times he’s moving
up to super-lightweight after the unification clash with Lomachenko.
If Lomachenko against Lopez is half as good as Zepeda’s brutal
stoppage win over Branchyk, we as the fans are in for a big treat,
let’s get ready to rumble!

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