Teofimo Lopez Sr: ‘My son is going to f*** up Josh Taylor’
By Jim Calfa: Teofimo Lopez Sr. says his son Teofimo Jr. will be fighting three times in 2022 on ESPN, two of them being on pay-per-view. One of those three fights could be against the undisputed 140-lb champion Josh Taylor.
For two of Teofimo’s fights to be on ESPN PPV in 2022, he’s going to need to fight well-known fighters. Taylor is one of them, but Teofimo might need to fight Regis Prograis or Jose Ramirez for the other.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum mentioned Jose Pedraza as a potential opponent for Teofimo not long ago, but he’s not famous enough for PPV.
Teofimo (16-1, 12 KOs) is coming back from a close 12 round split decision defeat in his last fight against George Kambosos Jr. on November 27th.
Due to the 24-year-old Teofimo’s difficulties making the 135-lb limit, which came to a head in his loss to Kambosos, he’s moving up to 140 to campaign in that weight class.
We don’t know yet whether Teofimo will make the 140-lb weight limit without draining himself like he did at 135.
Yeah, it will be a little easier for Teofimo to make 140, but not by much. His walking around weight is 158 when rehydrated, and that’s a significant amount of water weight to lose to make 140. When you weigh close to 160, you’re better off fighting at 147.
“These people don’t understand that these warriors give their life, bro,” said Teofimo Lopez Sr. to Punsh Drunk Boxing. “People don’t like me to type away because I believe in my son, and they hate that for some reason.
I promise you something. This is our f**** year. We have one ESPN and two pay-per-views. Trust me; we’re f**** that boy Josh Taylor’s a** up!
“He’s going to get a whopping, and he’s not even going to be able to see my son, bro. My son is going to keep hitting him and whopping his a** the whole night,” said Teofimo Lopez Sr.
If Teofimo gets a fight against Josh Taylor, he’s going to need to do it soon before he moves up in weight to 147. Taylor has talked of wanting to move up to welterweight potentially after his fight this Saturday night against Jack Catterall.
“My son’s number one fan was Floyd Mayweather,” said Teofimo Sr. “He loved him. He wouldn’t be in this sport if not for Floyd. He wanted to be like Floyd but better.
“That’s what he’s bringing to the table now. He wants to be better, and people can follow him and be better. They hate us for that.
“That’s why we make numbers, bro. Do you believe that s***?” continued Teofimo Sr. “We make numbers because people want to see us lose. People don’t want to see us win. They want to see us lose,” said Teofimo Sr.
There are a lot of boxing fans that dislike Teofimo for his cocky attitude and the way he fell apart against Kambosos.
This was supposed to have been a simple title defense for Teofimo against a ham-and-egger contender. Kambosos had struggled to beat older fighters Mickey Bey and Lee Selby before pulling off an upset against Teofimo.
What upset boxing fans is that Teofimo didn’t want to take the rematch offered to him by Kambosos. Turning down the rematch was a weak move on Teofimo’s part.
“The one thing we did this month was to go to Honduras,” said Teofimo Sr. “We went to the inauguration of the new president. I don’t know if you have the clips. Fifty thousand people were screaming his [Teofimo Jr] name in the audience, bro.
“That has never happened in Honduras, never. He’s taking pictures with all these kids, and everybody is worshipping him. Little kids are hugging him and everything.
“You know how much this kid [Teofimo] can give to the planet, bro, and people are over here trying to hate on us. We bring so much,” said Teofimo Sr.
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