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Live Stream: Loma vs Lopez Final Press Conference

The biggest boxing event of the fall airs live on ESPN, this Saturday, October 17 when WBC Franchise/WBA/WBO world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko and IBF kingpin Teofimo Lopez, clash in a lightweight unification showdown live from the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Live coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET, with undercard action on ESPN, ESPN Deportes (in Spanish) and ESPN+ (English and Spanish).

The 10-round junior welterweight co-main features former world title challenger Alex Saucedo against unbeaten contender Arnold Barboza Jr. In the eight-round ESPN-televised opener, super middleweight knockout sensation Edgar Berlanga tests his perfect record against veteran Lanell Bellows. Berlanga (14-0, 14 KOs) has won all 14 of his professional fights by first-round stoppage.

Fight week and fight night programming will feature ESPN’s boxing commentator team, including veteran broadcaster Joe Tessitore for ringside commentary, alongside former two-division world champion and 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward, and future Hall of Famer Timothy Bradley on the analysis. The onsite location desk team will feature ESPN’s boxing reporter Bernardo Osuna and ESPN’s boxing insider Mark Kriegel.

Throughout fight week, ESPN will present extensive coverage across multiple platforms. Lead up coverage includes:

  • SportsCenter (Fri-Sat.): Joe Tessitore to host segments for ESPN’s flagship news and information program from Las Vegas.
  • LIVE – Lomachenko vs. Lopez Final Press Conference: Wed at 8 p.m. ET, on ESPN2.
  • LIVE – Lomachenko vs. Lopez Official Weigh-In: Fri at 5 p.m. ET. on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes
  • Max on Boxing (Fri at 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2): ESPN’s boxing series hosted by Max Kellerman will air immediately following the weigh-in.
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears: a two-part, behind-the-scenes look at the fighters’ camps will re-air across ESPN networks throughout the week. Full schedule.
  • ESPN+ Fight Library:  ESPN+ offers fans the chance to get ready for Saturday’s showdown by looking back at a host of fights from both fighters, available on demand. The collection includes 10 fights from Lomachenko’s journey to Saturday, including his “No-Mas-Chenko” defeat of Nicholas Walters, his KO defeat of Anthony Crolla and his most recent victory over Luke Campbell, among others. Additionally, fans can watch Lopez’s 2019 victory over Masayoshi Nakatani, with his recent knockout defeats of Richard Commey, Edis Tatli, Diego Magdaleno and Mason Menard available later this week as well.

Video: Blood, Sweat and Tears: Lomachenko vs. Lopez – Part II

In anticipation of the Oct. 17 lightweight unification showdown between WBC Franchise/WBA/WBO world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko and IBF kingpin Teofimo Lopez, ESPN will debut Blood, Sweat and Tears: Lomachenko vs. Lopez, a two-part, behind-the-scenes look at the fighters’ camps.

The show will provide fans a peek behind the curtain of both fighters’ regimens as they prepare to battle it out in the ring.

Episode 2: debuts Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN (re-airs on ESPN2 Monday, Oct 12 at 11:30 p.m. ET).

Sunday’s programming lineup will also include some of Lomachenko and Lopez’s classic fights and air across ESPN and ESPN2. Be sure to tune in to ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS starting Oct. 4 all the way through fight night for more classic Top Rank and re-airs of recent Lomachenko and Lopez events.

Episode 1: (Sunday, Oct. 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT, ESPN (re-airs on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET): A visit to the respective training camps of pound-for-pound king Lomachenko in Southern California and Lopez’s in New Jersey.

ESPNDeportes.com will feature pre-and-post fight features, videos, daily reports, stats, as well as real-time fight score and analysis.

As lead up to the fight, ESPN debuted a cinematic-styled promo featuring the track “Prizefighter” by Blame My Youth.

ESPNDeportes.com will feature pre-and-post fight features, videos, daily reports, stats, as well as real-time fight score and analysis.

As lead up to the fight, ESPN debuted a cinematic-styled promo featuring the track “Prizefighter” by Blame My Youth.

Wed, 10/14 8:00 p.m. Lomachenko vs. Lopez Final Press Conference (LIVE) ESPN2

Fri, 10/16 5:00 p.m. Top Rank: Lomachenko vs. Lopez Weigh-In Special (LIVE) ESPN2

5:30 p.m. Max on Boxing: Lomachenko vs. Lopez Weigh-In Special (LIVE) ESPN2

Sat., 10/17 7:30 p.m. Top Rank Boxing on ESPN: Lomachenko vs. Lopez (Undercard) (LIVE) ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+

10:00 p.m. Top Rank on ESPN: Lomachenko vs. Lopez (Main Card) (LIVE) ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+

Main Card, Undercards and Early Undercards (All times ET)

10:00 PM Main Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+
Co-Feature Alex Saucedo vs. Arnold Barboza Jr.
Feature Edgar Berlanga vs. Lanell Bellows

7:30 PM Undercards Kendo Castaneda vs. Josue Vargas ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+
Clay Collard vs. Quincy LaVallais
Jose Enrique Vivas vs. John Vincent Moralde
Jan Carlos Rivera vs. Quinton Randall
Jahi Tucker vs. Charles Garner

WBC STATISTICS

WBC Franchise / WBA / WBO / IBF Lightweight World Championships
October 17, 2020 / Las Vegas, Nevada / MGM Grand

TOP RANK PRESENTS:

VASILIY “Hi-Tech” LOMACHENKO (Ukraine)

WBC Franchise, WBA, & WBO Lightweight World Champion
Age: 32 / Date of birth: February 17, 1988
Residence, birthplace: Akkerman (aka Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi), Ukraine
Record: 14-1, 10 KOs / Total rounds: 131
World championship fights: 13-1, 9 KOs
Height: 5’7″ – 170cm / Reach: 65.5″ – 166cm / Stance: Left-handed
Manager: Egis Klimas / Trainer: Anatoly Lomachenko

TEOFIMO LOPEZ (USA)

IBF Lightweight World Champion
Age: 23 / Date of birth: July 30, 1997
Residence, birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Record: 15-0, 12 KOs / Total rounds: 60
World championship fights: 1-0, 1 KO
Height: 5’8″ – 173cm / Reach: 68.5″ – 174cm / Stance: Right-handed
Manager: David McWater / Trainer: Teofimo Lopez Sr.

WBC LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONS

1. Carlos Ortiz (P. Rico) 1963 – 1965
2. Ismael Laguna (Pan) 1965
3. Carlos Ortiz (P. Rico) * 1965 – 1968
4. Carlos Teo Cruz (Dom .R.) 1968 – 1969
5. Mando Ramos (US) 1969 – 1970
6. Ismael Laguna (Pan)* 1970
7. Pedro Carrasco (Spain) 1971 – 1972
8. Mando Ramos (US) * 1972
9. Erubey Carmona (Mex) 1972
10. Rodolfo Gonzalez (Mex) 1972 – 1974
11. Ishimatsu Suzuki (Japan) 1974 – 1976
12. Esteban De Jesus (P. Rico) 1976 – 1978
13. Roberto Duran (Pan) 1978
14. Jim Watt (GB) 1979 – 1981
15. Alexis Arguello (Nic) 1981 – 1983
16. Edwin Rosario (P. Rico) 1983 – 1984
17. Jose Luis Ramirez (Méx) 1984 – 1985
18. Hector Camacho (P. Rico) 1985 – 1987
19. Jose Luis Ramírez (Méx) * 1987 – 1988
20. Julio Cesar Chavez (Méx) 1988
21. Pernell Whitaker (US) 1989 – 1991
22. Miguel Angel Gonzalez (Mex) 1992 – 1995
23. Jean Baptiste Mendy (Fra) 1996 – 1997
24. Stevie Johnston (US) 1997 – 1998
25. Cesar Bazan (Mex) 1998 – 1999
26. Steve Johnston (US) * 1999 – 2000
27. Jose Luis Castillo (Mex) 2000 – 2002
28. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (US) 2002 – 2003
29. Jose Luis Castillo (Mex) * 2004 – 2005
30. Diego Corrales (US) 2005
31. Jose A. Santa Cruz (US) Interim 2006
32. David Diaz (US) Interim 2006 – 2008
33. Joel Casamayor (Cuba) 2007
34. Manny Pacquiao (Phil) 2008
35. Edwin Valero (Venezuela) 2009 – 2010
36. Antonio De Marco (Mex) Interim 2009 – 2010
37. Humberto Soto (Mexico) 2010 – 2011
38. Antonio De Marco (Mexico) * 2011 – 2012
39. Adrien Broner (US) 2012 – 2013
40. Omar Figueroa (Mex/US) 2014
41. Jorge Linares (Venezuela) 2014 – 2016
42. Dejan Zlaticanin (Montenegro) 2016 – 2017
43. Mikey Garcia (US) 2018 – 2019
44. Vasiliy Lomachenko (Ukraine) Franchise Champion 2019 –
45. Devin Haney (US) 2019 –
* Regained

WBC TOP 10 LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONS

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (US)
2. Julio Cesar Chavez (Mexico)
3. Roberto Duran (Panama)
4. Carlos Ortiz (Puerto Rico)
5. Pernell Whitaker (US)
6. Alexis Arguello (Nicaragua)
7. Hector Camacho (Puerto Rico)
8. Ismael Laguna (Panama)
9. Esteban De Jesus (Puerto Rico)
10. Edwin Rosario (Puerto Rico)

GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION IN WBC HISTORY

38 world champions have been recognized by the WBC, seven of whom have regained the title:
Carlos Ortiz (Puerto Rico), Ismael Laguna (Panama), Mando Ramos (US), Jose Luis Ramirez (Mexico), Stevie Johnston (US), Jose Luis Castillo (Mexico), Antonio DeMarco (Mexico).

132 lightweight world championship bouts have been held in WBC history.

MEMORABLE WBC LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS:

Nov. 9, 2019 Devin Haney W12 Alfredo Santiago – Los Angeles, California
Aug. 31, 2019 Vasiliy Lomachenko W12 Luke Campbell – London, England
July 28, 2018 Mikey Garcia W12 Robert Easter Jr. – Los Angeles, California
Jan. 28, 2017 Mikey Garcia KO3 Dejan Zlaticanin – Las Vegas, Nevada
May 30, 2015 Jorge Linares TKO10 Kevin Mitchell – London, England
July 27, 2013 Omar Figueroa Jr. W12 Nihito Arakawa – San Antonio, Texas
Nov. 17, 2012 Adrien Broner TKO8 Antonio DeMarco – Atlantic City, New Jersey
Oct. 15, 2011 Antonio DeMarco TKO11 Jorge Linares – Los Angeles, California
Dec. 4, 2010 Humberto Soto W12 Urbano Antillon – Anaheim, California
Feb. 6, 2010 Edwin Valero TKO9 Antonio DeMarco – Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
June 28, 2008 Manny Pacquiao TKO9 David Diaz – Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct. 7, 2006 Joel Casamayor W12 Diego Corrales – Las Vegas, Nevada
May 7, 2005 Diego Corrales TKO10 José Luis Castillo – Las Vegas, Nevada
Dec. 4, 2004 José Luis Castillo W12 Joel Casamayor – Las Vegas, Nevada
Apr. 20, 2002 Floyd Mayweather Jr. W12 José Luis Castillo – Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb. 27, 1999 Stevie Johnston W12 Cesar Bazan – Miami, Florida
Nov. 27, 1993 Miguel Angel Gonzalez TKO11 Wilfrido Rocha – Mexico City, Distrito Federal
May 19, 1990 Pernell Whitaker W12 Azumah Nelson – Las Vegas, Nevada
Aug. 20, 1989 Pernell Whitaker W12 José Luis Ramirez – Norfolk, Virginia
Oct. 9, 1988 Julio Cesar Chavez TW11 José Luis Ramirez – Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct. 10, 1987 José Luis Ramirez KO5 Cornelius Boza-Edwards – Paris, France
June 13, 1986 Hector Camacho W12 Edwin Rosario – New York, New York
May 1, 1983 Edwin Rosario W12 José Luis Ramirez – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Oct. 3, 1981 Alexis Arguello TKO14 Ray Mancini – Atlantic City, New Jersey
Apr. 17, 1979 Jim Watt TKO12 Antonio Pitalua – Glasgow, Scotland
Feb. 27, 1975 Guts Ishimatsu W15 Ken Buchanan – Tokyo, Japan
Jan. 21, 1978 Roberto Duran TKO12 Esteban DeJesus – Las Vegas, Nevada
June 28, 1972 Mando Ramos W15 Pedro Carrasco – Madrid, Spain
Apr. 7, 1963 Carlos Ortiz TKO13 Doug Vaillant – San Juan, Puerto Rico

WBC Statistics by Luis Medina.


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