Teofimo Lopez’s time near the top of the martial arts mountain turned out to be temporary. Vasily His win over Lomachenko catapulted him onto the world stage, but George His Kambosos Jr. ultimately pulled him off the high horse.
The chatty former champ needed some kind of rebirth. So far, back-to-back wins have convinced Lopez that he’s on board with the rest of the elite in the division.But while he’s dangerously confident, the 25-year-old has Thunder was given a complicated puzzle in his last match against Martin.
On December 10, at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden, New York, Martin unexpectedly dropped Lopez in the second round. In addition to checking his chin, Martin has had great success boxing on his hind legs.
However, Lopez continued to push the issue, leading to a somewhat controversial split decision win. Lopez Sr. concluded that the former champ put on one helluva show after doing so recently.
Lopez told BoxingScene.com, “I hadn’t seen the match, so I went back and saw him fight Thunder Martin.” “He looked good, he looked sharp, he wasn’t tired.”
Lopez Sr.’s glowing review isn’t exactly shared by the rest of the boxing public. In the eyes of many, the former unified champion was relatively lucky to escape victory, and the consistent punishment Lopez now endures has embarrassed his senior. Just a year ago, Martin scored the biggest win of his career against Mikey Garcia, effectively leading him into retirement. Lopez Sr. is fully aware that expectations for his famous son are very high, but he’s urging the public to temper their speculations.
“Something I don’t understand. My son beat the guy who retired Mikey Garcia. And everyone was like, ‘Theo didn’t look good, or Theo was supposed to knock this guy out.’ It’s like. You can’t knock out a man who doesn’t go to fight even if he tries to. There was no chance for us to drop this guy. ”