As the father and trainer to his son Teofimo Lopez Jr., Teofimo Lopez Sr. is climbing on the pound-for-pound list for one of the most prolific trash talkers in the sport.
Lopez Jr. (15-0, 12 KOs) will face Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) on Oct. 17 on ESPN, and the war of words has already begun from the Brooklyn-based boxing family.
“I believe my son is faster than Lomachenko, I believe my son is smarter than Lomchenko, and I believe my son is stronger,” Lopez Sr. told A.B. Boxing News. “So he has everything to beat Lomachenko. Lomachenko is used to winning. He’s used to lining people with all of these things that he does in the ring but that’s not going to faze my son. My son has no respect for him … My son is going to beat him so bad that Lomachenko is going to be out for months, or a year or so. He’s going to be devastated.”
The 23-year-old Lopez Jr., a 2016 Olympian, is coming off a resounding second-round knockout of Richard Commey in December to claim the IBF lightweight title. The 32-year-old, two-time Olympics gold medalist Lomachenko, a WBA and WBO champion, as well as the WBC 135 pound Franchise Champion, will provide the toughest test of the young champion’s career.
Lopez Sr. compared the unification contest to the one a young-and-still raw Canelo Alvarez, then 23-years-old, had with a then 36-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013, a majority decision win for Mayweather Jr. that wasn’t as close as the scorecards that were submitted said it was.
“We’re going to go into this fight to destroy Lomachenko. It’s not going to be like Canelo and Floyd Mayweather. Everyone is going to realize come October 17 that they made a big mistake,” said Lopez Sr. “Everyone knew that with Canelo going into this fight with Floyd Mayweather, it was going to be very hard. Canelo went in very heavy, and everyone knew that if Canelo was going to fight Floyd Mayweather, it was going to be [physical].”
Lopez Sr. continued the conversation and took the prognostication for his son’s promise even further proclaiming that his offspring will have a better career than the recently anointed Fighter of the Decade, as voted by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
“My son is the first person to win a world title from Honduras. Sooner or later after he unifies the 140 pound weight division as well they are going to make a monument of him in Honduras. We’re going to accomplish even bigger things than Floyd did,” said Lopez Sr.
Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and NFL.com. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com.