By Allan Fox: Teofimo Lopez Sr says his son, Teo, received’t be preventing Regis Prograis subsequent for his WBC gentle welterweight title as a result of there’s no cash in that battle.
Teofimo Sr states that High Rank might be giving Teo a battle in late April or early Could as a tune-up earlier than he challenges for a world title in opposition to the winner of the rematch between WBO 140-lb champion Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall.
In accordance with Teofimo Sr, Teo will nonetheless finally battle Prograis, however solely after successful the WBO belt from the Taylor-Catterall victor. Many boxing followers consider that Teofimo is outright ducking Prograis and has no intention of ever preventing him.
In case your Teofimo, it’s not a good suggestion for him to get anyplace close to Prograis as a result of he’s seemed horrible in his final two fights at 140 in opposition to Sandor Martin & Pedro Campa.
Earlier than these two fights, Teofimo misplaced to George Kambosos Jr, which means that he’s seemed poor in his final three contests. Kambosos could have tousled Teofimo’s head and screwed up his sport as a result of he’s seemed shot since that battle.
“The Regis battle isn’t going to occur as a result of what are we going to get for that, 35%?” stated Teofimo Lopez Sr to Fighthype, making it clear that Teo received’t be difficult WBC gentle welterweight champion Regis Prograis.
“There ain’t no cash in that battle. Precisely, bro, however why are we going to battle Regis Prograis once we ain’t going to get the cash that we’re alleged to get? That’s what individuals don’t perceive, bro.
“We need to battle for High Rank and be on ESPN and battle with that community so we are able to get what everyone seems to be chasing, cash and belts. The belts are going to return.
“We’re getting Josh Taylor like in July, however I advised Bob [Arum], ‘Bob, we’re not preventing Josh Taylor until you give us a battle earlier than July.
“We have to have a battle; we have to have a battle in April or the start of Could or the tip of April. We have to have a battle. Then we are able to make that s**t occur.
“My son ain’t petrified of no person. I might like to battle Regis Prograis proper now as a result of my son would field the s**t out of him. I heard some rumors the place his spouse stated, ‘I don’t need my husband preventing with Teofimo Lopez as a result of he’s harmful.’
“I don’t understand how true that’s, however I heard individuals speaking about that. We wish Regis. That’s the battle that we like, folks that come to battle. That’s the battle to be made, him and my son. That’s the most important battle.
“Now he’s speaking about Adrien Broner. What the f**okay is that every one about? That’s simply loopy. It’s not proper proper now. As soon as we beat Josh Taylor or Catterall, since you by no means know, bro. Catterall, lots of people thought he received the final battle.
“Josh Taylor may lose that battle. Do I need him to lose? No, as a result of I need Josh Taylor; I need the champion. I need to present the entire world that my son goes to be two-time undisputed at 135 & 140, and I need him to be the primary to do it,” Teofimo Sr stated about his struggling son, Teo.
“I used to be somewhat bit scared as a result of I didn’t need Errol Spence to battle Terence Crawford as a result of that will have f***ked us up if Crawford had beat Errol Spence; he would have been two-time world champ, two occasions undisputed. That will have damage us, so I actually didn’t need that battle.
“So now we get the chance to battle Josh Taylor and Regis Prograis subsequent after whoever the f**okay they [Top Rank] give us in Could. Do you perceive what I’m saying? You’ve acquired to be good with this f***king s**t,” stated Teofimo Sr.