Vasyl Lomachenko to Fight Teofimo Lopez Jr.’s Former Foe in Summer

Vasyl Lomachenko lacing up gloves

After losing his lightweight titles to Teofimo Lopez Jr. last October, Ukrainian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko is targeting a return to the ring this summer. ESPN reported the news on March 24, 2021.

Lomachenko is expected to fight Masayoshi Nakatani, a Japanese boxer with a 19-1 (13 KOs) record. The date and venue of this fight are still not known.

The news is not surprising, as Lomachenko’s promoter Bob Arum had already stated the possibility of Lomachenko-Nakatani in February 2021.

“He’s tired of fighting in bubbles. He’s a big ticket-seller, so we think we can do a big fight: early summer in the United States, maybe against the Japanese boy [Masayoshi] Nakatani,” Bob Arum told iFL TV in February 2021.

Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Masayoshi Nakatani Poster

Arum added: “Nakatani is a really hard-punching lightweight, and we’re looking towards him as the opponent for Lomachenko.”

Besides the power, Vasyl Lomachenko will also be at a 6-inch height and reach disadvantage. Nakatani’s only loss came through Teofimo Lopez Jr., the same man who handed Vasyl his second-ever pro loss.

Nakatani has re-entered the win column since his loss to Lopez Jr. He is coming off a TKO win over Felix Verdejo.

Is “Loma” vs. Haney Dead?

A few weeks back, “Loma” responded to WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney’s call-out. The duo had an intense back and forth on social media and had fans excited for a moment. Unfortunately, Haney signed a contract to fight Jorge Linares, and with Lomachenko vs. Nakatani in the works, it seems like Devin Haney vs. Vasyl Lomachenko is dead for now.

Professional Boxing and MMA writer at The Combat Magazine.