Vasyl Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez UK start time: When is lightweight unification fight expected to begin and what time are ring walks?

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Vasyl Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez’s super fight is now just hours away.

The lightweight unification bout will see Loma, the WBA, WBC ‘franchise’ and WBO champion, take on IBF king, Lopez, with the winner leaving Vegas’s MGM Grand with all four titles.

This fight will take place at prime time in the US, meaning it’s a late night for UK fans looking to stay up and watch.

Lopez wants to take Lomachenko’s place as WBA, WBC ‘franchise’ and WBO lightweight champion

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Lopez wants to take Lomachenko’s place as WBA, WBC ‘franchise’ and WBO lightweight champion

Lomachenko vs Lopez: Date and UK start time

The Las Vegas fight will take place on Saturday, October 17 US time. This means it will be in the early hours of Sunday, October 18 UK time.

It is happening inside Top Rank’s bubble at the MGM Grand Hotel. No confirmed ring walk/start time has been announced for the main event yet.

However, the standard main event start time in Vegas is somewhere between 4am and 6am UK time.

Alex Saucedo and Arnold Barboza will clash on the undercard before the big fight.

Lomachenko vs Lopez: TV channel and UK live stream

Surprisingly, the bout is not being broadcast on a conventional UK TV channel.

Promoter Bob Arum told iFL TV: “I don’t think any of the television networks in the UK have bothered to buy that fight.

“Where’s Sky and where’s BT and where’s ITV? If it’s such a great fight, how come nobody’s bought it?

“Meanwhile every bit of Eddie’s junk goes on Sky and they make the poor fans in the UK shell out money to watch all of this stuff…

“A television network that is doing boxing should buy a Lomachenko vs Lopez fight, which is a classic lightweight championship for all four belts.”

The fight is highly anticipated by boxing fans

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The fight is highly anticipated by boxing fans

Lomachenko vs Lopez: How to watch

Instead, the action will be available to UK viewers through FITE TV which is an online pay-per-view streaming service.

Their website states: “FITE streams a rich array of live pay-per-view events, subscription packages and thousands of hours of live and on demand free programs to millions of fans around the world.

“The premium content you want, delivered how you want it – Online to Mobile to TV and OTT. We go where you go with amazing quality and value.”

To watch Lomachenko vs Lopez, you’ll need to make a FITE TV account and buy the PPV.

From there, you can watch the fight on various different smart devices including a phone, tablet, laptop, games console or smart TV.

Lomachenko vs Lopez: PPV price

Lomachenko vs Lopez is available through FITE TV for an online PPV price of £9.99.

Lopez is confident he will win on Saturday and become boxing’s next superstar overnight

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Lopez is confident he will win on Saturday and become boxing’s next superstar overnight

Lomachenko vs Lopez: The records

Lomachenko: 14-1 with 10 wins via knockout.

The 32-year-old Ukrainian fought for a title in just his second professional fight. He lost to Orlando Salido, who drove for Uber in his spare time, but the Loma of 2014 is very different to the man who will relish the challenge of silencing his opponent.

He’s a three-weight world champion and one of the most respected and admired fighters in boxing.

Lopez: 15-0 with 12 wins via knockout.

The Honduran-American is just 23 and believes he is good enough to beat one of the greatest in the sport. As young as he is, he is certainly more than just an exciting prospect given all he has achieved so far. “He has something that [Manny] Pacquiao had when he was really young,” renowned trainer, Teddy Atlas, said.

“That explosive ability to close the gap really fast. He’s right on top of you really quick. He’s out of range, and then he closes that gap before you can react to it with the power with the goods.”

Lomachenko fixed his eyes on Lopez every time he opened his mouth during the press conference

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Lomachenko fixed his eyes on Lopez every time he opened his mouth during the press conference
Vasyl Lomachenko glares at Teofimo Lopez throughout press conference

Lomachenko vs Lopez: The press conference

Noticeably at their final press conference on Wednesday night, every time Lopez spoke, Loma glared at him across the room.

Clips of this have since gone viral on social media.

The youngster largely avoided eye contact with the elder champion, prompting some observers to brand him ‘nervous’ on the big stage.

In truth, Lopez will have the opportunity to answer all these questions and silence his doubters when he steps into the ring with Lomachenko on Saturday night.

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