Teofimo Lopez Sr. Labels Subriel Matias as “One Dimensional”

By KenWoods123 - 02/10/2024 - Comments

Trainer Teofimo Lopez Sr. says his son, WBO light welterweight champion Teo, would want to face IBF 140-lb champ Subriel Matias. It doesn’t appear that Lopez Sr. wants any part of Matias for his son, Teofimo, due to the high risk involved.

Teofimo Sr. was complaining about the movement that Jamaine Ortiz used last Thursday night, and he’s unhappy that he wouldn’t stand and fight Teo (20-1, 13 KOs) in their headliner at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.

If Teofimo Sr. leaned on Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, he could match Teo against Matias and not have to worry about dealing with movement. Matias would be going straight at Teofimo, looking to take his head off all night like he did his last opponent Shohjahon Ergashev.

Arum could have matched Teofimo against Matias instead of choosing the highly technical Jamaine Ortiz as Teo’s opponent, but he went with the in-house Top Rank fight, and it blew up in his face. Jamaine humiliated Teofimo. After that experience, Arum will need to be cautious with Teofimo.

Lopez Jr calls Matias “One Dimensional”

Many boxing fans believe that Teofimo and Lopez Sr. are afraid of Matias, knowing that he’s a huge puncher and dangerous.

Lopez Sr. says he feels that Matias (20-1, 20 KOs) is “one-dimensional” and “chinny”, not on the same level as past Puerto Rican greats like Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad, Wilfredo Gomez or Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho.

“Matias is not no Tito Trinidad, so stop it. Trinidad was destroying guys at Matias’ age,” said Teofimo Lopez Sr. to Tru School Sports, downgrading IBF light welterweight champion Subriel Matias.

“Matias is getting hurt. Everybody knows he’s chinny. To me, Subriel Matias is a one-dimensional fighter. When they hear him [Teofimo Jr.] saying that, ‘I’ll beat any Puerto Rican easy to beat,’ he’s talking about his era right now.

Would Teofimo Fight Matias?

“We still haven’t seen another Tito Trinidad, Camacho, or Wilfredo Gomez. He [Matias] has a belt, and what do we do best? We got for the belts,” said Lopez Sr. when asked if he’d like for his son Teofimo to face Matias.

“Matias knew this. We called him out. He said, ‘They’re calling me out because my hand is injured.’ Then he said, ‘Why don’t you call me out after the fight?’ My son said, ‘Yeah, we can make that fight happen.’ Look at who he’s fighting now. Liam Paro.”

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