Teofimo Lopez is determined to fight Terence Crawford at the 147-pound weight class. Teo believes that defeating Crawford would essentially establish him as the indisputable winner of three divisions.
Teofimo, a Brooklyn native who is 26 years old, believes he must defeat Crawford in order to be respected. He believes that defeating Crawford will establish his legitimacy as one of the best fighters in the world because many fans will never forget Teoifmo’s defeat at the hands of George Kambosos Jr., which he later blamed on an injury.
Teofimo (19-1, 13 KOs) may have missed his opportunity to face Terence because Crawford is anticipated to advance to 154 next and could battle Tim Tszyu for the WBO belt.
Teofimo will defend his WBO 140-pound title against Jamaine Ortiz on February 8 at Mandalay Bay’s Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas next month.
Flowers At Crawford’s Expense
Teofimo Lopez told DAZN Boxing, “I want my flowers now, and the only way I can do that is by beating Terence Crawford now and getting that respect.”
Lopez remarked, “This is the Terence Crawford era, then that’s the guy.” “I hand him his bouquet. But I’m a fighter too, and I know I’m the best; he claims to be the best. Consequently, we can accomplish it because we are not too far apart in weight class.
With Canelo Alvarez waiting for him at 168, Teofimo appears to have larger fish to fry than Crawford. Therefore, it appears that he will receive his shot against Crawford.
“They are attempting to obstruct my path to Crawford because they do not want me to go there,” Teofimo stated, projecting a paranoid and conspiracy-theorizing air.
Regarding Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia, Teofimo remarked, “They don’t want to fight me.” “Bill Haney has no affection for his son. All he is is a money pit.
Embellishment and Fact-Checking
When Teofimo faced Josh Taylor in June of last year, the former undisputed light welterweight champion, he declared, “That was the biggest fight in history.” “[Teofimo] embellished his credentials by claiming to be a former undisputed champion, which he never was at lightweight,” saying, “It was undisputed [Taylor] vs. former undisputed champion.”
When Taylor faced him, he wasn’t without opposition. The WBO title was all that remained for him after he had already lost the WBA, WBC, and IBF belts.