Vasiliy Lomachenko, Teofimo Lopez to fight Oct. 17 in Las Vegas

The fight was supposed to happen May 30 at Madison Square Garden in New York, but the coronavirus pandemic forced a postponement.

“Teofimo and Vasiliy demanded the fight, and we are glad we could make it happen,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said in a statement.

“Vasiliy has never backed down from a challenge since he turned pro under the Top Rank banner, and Teofimo is a fearless young champion daring to be great.

Lomachenko (14-1, 10 knockouts) hails from Ukraine and last beat Luke Campbell on Aug. 31, 2019, via unanimous decision.

Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs), a Brooklyn native, last beat Richard Comney on Dec. 14 by knockout to claim the IBF crown.

Both fighters are promoted by Top Rank, which announced three other world title fights for October in Las Vegas.

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