Lomachenko-Lopez draws huge ESPN ratings; Loma undergoes shoulder surgery

Saturday night featured a great UFC main event between Brian Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie, but that wasn’t even close to the biggest combat…

By: Tim Burke | 3 years ago
Lomachenko-Lopez draws huge ESPN ratings; Loma undergoes shoulder surgery
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Saturday night featured a great UFC main event between Brian Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie, but that wasn’t even close to the biggest combat sports attraction taking place that evening. Over on ESPN a lightweight unification boxing fight between top P4P-ranked Vasiliy Lomachenko and 23-year-old budding superstar Teofimo Lopez went down. And people watched in droves.

Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports took to social media to enlighten the masses with the very impressive ratings:

Iole also mentioned that Lomachenko, who dropped a decision to Lopez and didn’t look like himself in the fight, underwent shoulder surgery following the bout:

In the accompanying article, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said that Loma never mentioned any issues at all before the bout. His surgeon said it was the same shoulder that he had previously had surgery on, and that Loma wouldn’t be able to return to training until at least January 2021. But he did admit that Loma has having trouble with the shoulder before the fight:

“When he came in from the Ukraine for his last stages of preparation for the fight, he was having some difficulty with the shoulder,” ElAttrache told Yahoo Sports. “It turns out he had badly bruised the rotator cuff and chipped a piece of cartilage, which we didn’t realize at the time. But we knew he’d badly bruised the rotator cuff and badly bruised the bone where the rotator cuff attaches to the shoulder. That was roughly six weeks before the fight and we got him to where he was comfortable enough to train. He said he was able to train OK, but it continued to cause him pain during the fight.”

Regardless, the doctor indicated that the prognosis is good. Either way though, we won’t be seeing a rematch anytime soon.

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