Vasyl Lomachenko broke COVID-19 protocols so he may get a correct look into Teofimo Lopez’s eyes earlier than their combat on Saturday night time.
The unified light-weight champion strolled by means of the social distancing barrier and bought 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 obtrusive again at Lomachenko.
The fighters have been ultimately 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 meanwhile and remained skilled by making weight.
Loma adopted up and in addition weighed precisely 135lbs.
The load lower can have been far much less demanding for the three-division champion who’s smaller and at present combating 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 instances that he intends to make the 23-year-old pay for his phrases once 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 averted eye contact with the elder champion, prompting some observers to model him ‘nervous’ on the large stage.
In reality, 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 discuss for Loma to observe.
He responded stoically: “Saturday. Saturday, we are going to see.”