By Dan Ambrose: Former light welterweight champion Regis Prograis says Teofimo Lopez needs to fix a lot of flaws in his game before he’s ready to take on the “dogs” at 140.
Based on what Prograis saw of former unified 135-lb champion Teofimo (17-1, 13 KOs) in his win over second-tier fighter Pedro Campa last Saturday night, he’ll be chewed up by the 140-pound dogs.
Prograis says Teofimo is getting hit too much for him to be ready to face the better fighters at 140. Campa had no power to bother Teofimo, which is why the New Yorker was able to stay on his feet against him.
We saw non-puncher George Kambosos Jr drop Teofimo last November, but he had better power than Campa. It’s fair to say if Teofimo had faced Kambosos in a rematch last Saturday, he would have lost again.
The best at 140:
- Regis Prograis
- Jose Zepeda
- Josh Taylor
- Jose Ramirez
- Subriel Matias
- Arnold Barboza
- Jack Catterall
- Gary Antuanne Russell
- Shakram Giyasov
- Montana Love
- Jeremias Ponce
“Good lil comeback fight, but the dogs at 140 would chew him up,” said Regis Prograis on Twitter in reacting to Teofimo’s win over Pedro Campa.
I just watched the full Teo fight. It was a good performance against somebody he was supposed to build his confidence with. He still got hit with a lot of flush shots that he should’ve avoided. He would have to fix some flaws to compete with any of the bigger 140’s. In my opinion
— Rougarou (@RPrograis) August 14, 2022
“I seen that we had him. He was just open for all shots, and I told him in the seventh round, ‘This is the round,’ and he did it,” said Teofimo Lopez Sr to Fighthype on what led up to the knockout in the seventh by Teo.
“He went out there and performed amazingly. That guy was no joke. I take off my hat to him because that guy came to win. He was a tough fighter. He would have given anybody problems, anybody.
“My son wasn’t throwing his power as much. He was boxing the hell out of him. When he started hitting him with some good shots that’s when he started opening up. He started hurting.
“This guy can take punches. He would have went down with a lot of punches my son hit him with. He didn’t want to go down, especially that left hook just catching him all night and right hand.
“I told him, ‘Right hand,’ and that’s how he took him out with a right hand. We can fight Josh Taylor. Whoever has the belts, that’s who we want,” said Teofimo Sr.