By Jack Tiernan: Teofimo Lopez complained bitterly on Friday after studying that WBC gentle welterweight champion Regis Prograis can be defending his title towards his #1 necessary Jose Ramirez subsequent in April.
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Teofimo (18-1, 13 KOs) appeared to rise up in arms at studying that he received’t get a right away title shot towards Prograis (28-1, 24 KOs) as a result of he went by means of the difficulty of preventing Sandor Martin final Saturday evening in a ultimate WBC 140-lb eliminator final Saturday evening at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York.
The 25-year-old Teofimo says he desires to change into the undisputed gentle welterweight champion by the tip of 2023, and he intends to make that occur by preventing 3 times subsequent 12 months.
With Prograis preventing Ramirez subsequent, Teofimo might want to converse together with his promoters at Prime Rank to have them line up a title shot for him towards the winner of the rematch between WBO 140lb champion Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall.
“This was check. That’s what I acquired from it. That’s what I love to do, settle for challenges,” mentioned Teofimo Lopez to ESPN+ about his battle towards Sandor Martin.
“I by no means had somebody simply operating. That was a brand new totally different factor that I set to work on, and simply hearken to my coach extra. When it got here to the digital camera and every thing, I do know what a crimson dot seems to be like, guys,” mentioned Teofimo when requested why he mentioned, ‘Do I nonetheless acquired it?’ instantly after his controversial 10 spherical break up resolution over Sandor Martin final Saturday evening.
“It was a strategic transfer. I do know that I’ve acquired every thing in me to at all times win. That’s why we name it a ‘takeover.’ My complete factor wasn’t about that. It was a strategic transfer so that folks preserve speaking about Teofimo Lopez, which they’ve been doing.
“I consider I did what I needed to do [against Sandor Martin]. The one factor that I didn’t do exactly was hearken to my coach on a sure transfer that we’d been engaged on within the fitness center. That’s my fault. That’s my mistake.
“Aside from that, every thing else has been going nicely. I did every thing I wanted to do within the ring. After I needed to throw a whole lot of mixtures, the man discovered a manner, I assume due to expertise, to carry on.
“So, we’re engaged on new issues now, coming into a brand new battle and a brand new camp.
“Individuals don’t perceive as a result of they’re not at this stage of greatness. Teofimo began the development of everybody turning into undisputed. Like every thing, I’m a trendsetter. So all this stuff as a result of I’m uniquely me.
“When all that comes collectively, individuals don’t understand that I’m simply destined for greatness. What I need for myself is perfection. Proper after the battle, everyone is speaking bogus, and what do I do? I am going proper again into the fitness center. I’ve been to the fitness center. I haven’t been stopping.
“Proper now, I’m over right here in Vegas, selling with my sponsors, with Rain, and doing my factor. In my thoughts, I perceive Kobe so nicely as a result of it eats us inside. We’re nice.
“I consider the man is aware of how you can survive,” mentioned Teofimo about Sandor Martin. “Aside from that, I don’t assume he has what individuals proceed to speak about. The man felt my energy, he felt my pictures each time I got here and had these actions, he didn’t wish to interact.
“If individuals wish to cheat and do all these different issues, then so be it. I’m a clear man. I’ll speak so much in regards to the trade. You guys don’t fairly get what I’m attempting to do right here.
“Once you face a fighter that doesn’t come to battle. All he did was come to run. Each time he acquired within the nook, he would dip beneath and seize.
“It’s such a tough and aggressive battle at that second as a result of the man is right here not simply to win or something like that as a result of he’s not attempting to,” mentioned Teofimo about Sandor Martin.
“All he’s attempting to do is survive in there and take a look at to not get knocked out. Individuals are going to talk on no matter they should converse on. Look, I’m preventing for a world title subsequent. I’m attempting to come back again in April and attempt to have three fights subsequent 12 months.
“I stay up for turning into a unified world champion by the tip of subsequent 12 months at 140,” mentioned Teofimo.
“Teo, what makes you assume you may beat the highest 140-pounders in case you battle with Martin?” mentioned Tim Bradley.
“I mentioned, ‘He’s [Teofiomo] going to be pet food for the highest guys at 140 kilos.’ What makes you assume you may beat these prime guys at 140 after a efficiency like that towards Martin?”
“All the things. I’m too quick, too, too robust and too sharp,” mentioned Teofimo. “These guys are not less than going to come back to battle and provides me a battle. You guys don’t perceive how we work right here, nevertheless it’s okay. You guys haven’t seen the very best model of Teofimo.
“You guys assume you realize every thing, however you guys don’t. I’ve been with different nice fighters. I do know what to do with southpaws. I do know what to do with these fighters. Guys like that run, it’s going to be a tough battle for anyone as a result of the man is ready so that you can throw a punch.
“These different champions, Taylor, Regis, not less than they’re coming to battle. They arrive to defend their belt as a result of that’s their job. A minimum of with that, you’re going to see an even bigger distinction.
“Each individual that has come and tried to battle me has been harm and dropped. Every individual. Each individual that bins us, we discover a strategy to beat them. What Sandor Martin did wasn’t field. All he did was run.
“It is a good transfer for me as a result of guys like you’re going to be proven little by little. These are my arms. I’ve future right here.
“All people doesn’t understand how we work. They don’t understand how we prepare. I do know what it’s. These guys have been within the division for too lengthy already. Their our bodies are worn out. I can’t wait to reveal it.
“This man [Sandor] beat a four-division world champion in Mikey Garcia. Everybody can say what they need. They’re simply mad that we’re successful, and we’re going to maintain successful as a result of we settle for powerful challenges on a regular basis.
“I can’t wait to gather all these belts in 2023. It’s going to be like [Michael] Jordan once more. I’m going to be dunking on them. You’ve gotten the boxer of a lifetime that actually desires to be the best. We do what we do as a result of we adore it.
“We’re giving the followers every thing. All these different children, they love that. They like to see that problem.
“Regis is preventing him [Jose Ramirez]. I need my battle. Give me Prograis,” mentioned Teofimo when instructed that WBC gentle welterweight champion Regis Prograis is preventing Jose Ramirez in April. “Why? That was a ultimate eliminator.
“I acquired to name Bob [Arum]. I acquired to name Bob for this one. I’ve acquired to fulfill him tomorrow as a result of that’s ridiculous. If I’m preventing for these belts, give me my belt proper now. That is the takeover. Don’t run away from me.
“I’m trying to change into the primary make to change into a two-time undisputed champion in several divisions. That’s what I’m right here for. Historical past, glory. Give me my rings.
“That he can’t compete towards the very best guys at 140 simply but, and that he must pump his brakes and he must proceed to construct at 140. That’s what I took from it,” mentioned Terence Crawford to The State of Boxing on ESPN+ about his ideas on Teofimo Lopez’s win over Sandor Martin final Saturday.
“Teofimo Lopez acquired in that battle. I instructed you guys earlier than that battle that I didn’t know who that was within the fighter conferences. I’ve been overlaying this man for 3 and a half years. I do know this child.
“He’s a respectful younger man, however he’s all over. It’s a must to be centered on the duty at hand. Not on how a lot cash you’re making right here [with endorsements and all of this. Who cares about all of that? Martin is the guy that you need to be focused on, and I could tell that he wasn’t.
“So when he got in the ring, and things started to get tough on him, all the stuff that he had going around him, it came inside the ring with him. At the end of the fight, what did he say?
“What was the words he said? ‘Do I still got it?’ That’s a fighter that is on his way out the door like a retired fighter. That’s something that I would say after fighting my last fight. I would say, ‘Hey, do I still got it? You know what? I’m a step behind.’
“He’s 25 years old, people. Twenty-five years old, and he’s saying that already? That’s a problem,” said Bradley about Teofimo. “He’s got to get his mind right, and if he gets his mind right like I always told him. ‘If your mind is right, son. No one can beat you.
“I truly believe that. He’s a talent, but if his mind isn’t right, he’s going to get beat,” said Bradley.