Teofimo Lopez says he won’t be fighting on ESPN any longer after Josh Taylor clash
By Sam Volz: Former Teofimo Lopez says his fight with Josh Taylor on June 10th will be his last one with ESPN. Apparently, he’s unhappy with some of the commentators with the network after his recent bout against Sandor Martin.
It’s unclear whether that means his contract with Top Rank is ending. If so, it’ll be interesting to see where Teofimo winds up. A loss to Taylor could ruin what’s left of Teofimo’s already sagging career.
The 25-year-old Teofimo already lost to the unheralded George Kambosos Jr in 2021, and many boxing fans felt that he deserved a defeat in his last fight against Sandor Martin last December. To some, Teofimo is physically & mentally shot after seven years as a pro.
“You get to see the s**t that is going to happen on June 10th. We’re going to be crowned, bro. Two times,” said Teofimo Lopez Sr to Punsh Drunk Boxing about Teo’s fight with WBO light welterweight champion Josh Taylor.
“This is the fight of the century,” said Teofimo. “One thing I love about this sport is I can kill a guy and get away with it. This is my last fight on ESPN.”
“You got to edit that,” said Lopez Sr.
“Don’t edit that,” said Teofimo about his comment about killing. “Commentators are the ones that convince everyone else that someone is winning. Watch the [George] Kambosos fight without the commentators. Watch my last fight [against Sandor Martin] without the commentators, and you will see the results.”
Teofimo Lopez Sr. feels that a fight between his son and Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis would be an “easy” one for Teo.
At this point, the only way a clash between the former unified lightweight champion Teofimo (18-1, 13 KOs) is unlikely, given the comments he made during an interview this week.
“That’s an easy fight,” said Lopez Sr about a hypothetical fight between Teofimo and Gervonta Davis.
“Hey, that’s some bread & butter with some jelly,” said Teofimo on a clash with Tank Davis. “That’s [Josh Taylor] the main focus. When I wake up, I think of Josh Taylor. When I’m eating, I think of Josh Taylor, and when I go to bed, the last thing I think about is Josh Taylor.
“So I’m all in. They’re taking me back where I almost died. It’s great. I like that. I got to get back what they stole from me,” said Teofimo.
“It’s never been done,” said Lopez Sr. about Teofimo beating Josh Taylor after just 20 fights as a pro.
“The whole thing is this. My motivation is I’m doing this for me, and when I do this for the main God. The only one that beats me is me,” said Teofimo.
“I guarantee that after this fight, no one is going to want to fight him,” said Lopez Sr. about Teo’s bout with WBO 140-lb champion Taylor on June 10th.
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