Vasyl Lomachenko broke COVID-19 protocols so he could get a proper look into Teofimo Lopez’s eyes before their fight on Saturday night.
The unified lightweight champion strolled through the social distancing barrier and got up close and personal with his opponent for an intense face-off at the end of Friday’s weigh-in.
Lopez appeared unfazed by the move and stood stoically glaring back at Lomachenko.
The fighters were eventually separated and now won’t see each other again until they share the ring.
As for the weigh-in itself, Lopez stepped onto the scales first and was as good as his word, coming in bang on the lightweight limit at 135lbs.
There had been some speculation the young American will soon by moving up a division, but he’s stayed put for the time being and remained professional by making weight.
Loma followed up and also weighed exactly 135lbs.
The weight cut will have been far less stressful for the three-division champion who is smaller and currently fighting above his natural weight.
Lopez and his father/trainer Teofimo Sr have both been trash talking the respectful Loma for several years and have now finally secured the fight they have been calling for.
Lomachenko has said multiple times that he intends to make the 23-year-old pay for his words when they meet in the ring.
Prior to that though, they came face-to-face earlier this week at a presser.
Noticeably, every time Lopez spoke, Loma glared at him across the room and 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.
During one segment of the press conference though, they played a video of Lopez and his father’s trash talk for Loma to watch.
He responded stoically: “Saturday. Saturday, we will see.”