The expected news is now official, as the WBC have announced that Mikey Garcia has been designated lightweight champion emeritus, meaning he is no longer the recognized WBC lightweight titleholder, and that the 135-pound belt is vacant.
It took Teofimo Lopez a little longer than almost everyone expected Saturday night.
Rising lightweight contender Teofimo Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs) believes Vasiliy Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs) is already worried about a potential clash between the two of them.
Despite suffering injuries, Teofimo Lopez has been very active throughout his young career. After fighting 6 times in 2017 and 4 times last year, the 21-year-old said that he plans on fighting another 4-5 times this year against better competition.