Along Jim Calfa: Regis Prograis said of Teofimo Lopez:mental breakdown” At this stage in his career, he believes he has no intention of fighting him.
Teofimo’s recent performance against Thunder Martin on December 10th was as bad as his disappointing effort in the 2021 loss to George Kambosos Jr.
If Top Rank doesn’t care about the apparent deterioration in former unified lightweight champion Teofimo’s game, it should care because it’s annoying.
Teofimo is still young at the age of 25, but his appearance is bad enough to sound a warning bell at Top Rank Headquarters.
WBA light welterweight champion Prograis (28-1, 24 KOs) was beaten by Teofimo (18-1, 13 KOs) when his father, Teofimo Sr, said he wanted to fight him in April. , I feel that I just spoke without taking it seriously. Prograis does not believe that this is happening.
Bob Arum, the top-ranked promoter who promotes Teofimo, said last week that if he next beats Vasyl Lomachenko, he would want Theo and Devin Haney at 140.
“If Haney beats Lomachenko, Let Haney fight Teofimo in a non-title match,” Bob Arum told Sky Sports News.
Aram didn’t say who he wanted Teofimo to fight while he waited for the Haney-Lomachenko fight to clear.
Theo has made it clear that he is not interested in fighting an undefeated and ranked 140-pound competitor, so it will not be Arnold Barbosa Jr. that Teofimo will fight.
“Mentally, he’s broken. Mentally, he’s not there.Regis Prograis told iD Boxing about Teofimo Lopez. “I like Theo. I don’t mean to speak ill of him, but if he fights me, I’m going to hurt him.
“I keep saying the same thing. If I fight Theo, hurt theoHe can have a flash. he can have speed he can have it all. But if I hurt Theo, I feel like he’s not mentally strong.
“Mentally, I’m going to break himI already know mentally, in a mental battle, I crush him and he can’t do anything about it.
“I know you ask yourself.” I heard him say, “That’s on purpose.” I saw a red light why do you question yourself? It makes no sense. for camera? What does asking yourself with a camera do for you?
“Then it won’t do you any good. It will only bring you negatives. Like I said, I definitely feel like I’m hurting Teofimo. If me and Theo fight, it’s like this. it would be a massacreI really feel like I could hurt him.
“Absolutely not. I don’t think he’s going to fight me.. No. It’s bullish. That’s what people do in boxing these days. Oh, let’s fight when they know the fight won’t happen.
“‘Fight him next.’ I saw his dad say he wants to fight me in April. Well, let’s see if that happens. [if Teofimo will do that]People would say they want to fight, but that would be more bullshit.
“Same [purse] Split. “Oh, I don’t agree with that. I don’t agree with this.”
“Mike Tyson said, ‘These fighters are businessmen. They’re not fighters. I got in because I’m a fighter. Of course, you want to be a businessman and you want to make as much money as possible. But I love sports and I love boxing.
“Whoever they put before me, that’s who I fight. So for me, I fight.” [Jose] Ramirez next, then Teofimo. I don’t care who it is. i want to fight them I just don’t see him fighting me.
“These days, people say, ‘Oh, we’re going to fight.’ It’s easy for a dog to bark behind a cage. You open that fence and he won’t come out. That’s why, I have feelings about the situation,” Prograis said of his belief that Teofimo would not fight him.