Teofimo Lopez Vs Masayoshi Nakatani IBF Title Eliminator On July 19
Lightweight star Teofimo Lopez seem one Fight away from a title shot after, as he faces unbeaten Masayoshi Nakatani, for the IBF No. 1 spot, in the main event of a Top Rank card from the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
The unbeaten Lopez (13-0, 11 KOs) in his last outing stopped Edis Tatia, as Co – main event on the Terence Crawford vs Amir Khan card last month, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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Lopez is rated No. 3 by the IBF while Nakatani is rated No. 4 and the top two spots are actually vacant. This makes it more appropriate for the two to collide in order to fill the top two spots.
A win here for Lopez will leave him in the mandatory position to fight IBF lightweight champion Richard Commey, which will in turn open the doors for a unification with WBA/WBO champion Vasiliy Lomachenko in a pay-per-view bout by the first quarter of 2020.
Lopez have been campaigning for a fight with Lomachenko but the Ukrainian feels, Lopez should get a belt to put things evenly at stake.