By Sean Jones: Three-belt light-weight champion Teofimo Lopez posted a video of himself on social media taking a dangerous physique shot problem with what he refers to because the world’s strongest man in Hafthor Bjornsson this week.
Whereas it’s spectacular that Teofimo selected to take a physique shot problem with a man Bjornsson’s facet, it’s not the neatest factor for him to do with a battle scheduled for subsequent month in opposition to George Kambosos Jr. on November twenty seventh.
What’s Bob Arum considering proper now?
I ponder what Teofimo’s promoter Bob Arum of Prime Rank is considering him collaborating in a physique shot problem with Bjornsson whereas making ready for the Kambosos battle?
Extremely, Teofimo (16-0, 12 KOs) took a giant physique shot from the 6’9″ Icelander Bjornsson with out happening. Moments later, Teofimo returned the favor in opposition to the mammoth 32-year-old Bjornsson, and he surprisingly stayed on his toes as nicely.
Hopefully, Teofimo, 24, doesn’t get injured earlier than his November twenty seventh title protection in opposition to IBF necessary George Kambosos Jr. (19-0, 10 KOs) at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York.
Teofimo has been attempting to get this lackluster title protection out of the best way for ages. It’s taken Teofimo a whole yr to get this albatross of a battle out of the best way.
If Teofimo had simply let his promoters at Prime Rank put the battle on with Kambosos, it could have been carried out with a very long time in the past. Proper now, the very last thing Teofimo wants is for the Kambosos battle to be additional delayed because of him taking physique shot challenges with 6’9″ guys like Bjornsson.
Leonard Ellerbe slams Teofimo Lopez
“He’s an excellent younger fighter, however he and his pops are delusional because it pertains to the enterprise. They don’t know the primary issues concerning the enterprise,” mentioned Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe to Fighthype about Teofimo Lopez and his dad, Teofimo Sr.
“They really mentioned they have been going to get two million buys for his or her battle. However I’ve by no means been an A-side in a primary occasion. You by no means offered a ticket. He [Teofimo] tried to promote some tickets.
“He thought he was really larger than Floyd Mayweather. I don’t even really feel unhealthy for guys like that. Typically it’s important to humble your self and perceive that this can be a enterprise and it’s a course of.
“Floyd Mayweather didn’t turn out to be a family identify in a single day. It took a few years of us plotting and considering exterior the field to make it occur.
“In that child’s case [Teofimo], he’s obtained to let his promoter do the job. Bob [Arum] does an excellent job with understanding find out how to construct fighters, particularly Latino fighters.
“You bought to let him do his job. No person is aware of who you might be exterior of hardcore boxing followers, and that’s a reality. You wouldn’t have been sitting there on battle week having offered solely 2,000 tickets in a 36,000 seat venue,” mentioned Ellerbe in taking a shot at Teofimo for him not promoting tickets.
Teofimo’s victory over an injured Vasily Lomachenko, final yr in October went to his head, giving him a false notion of his recognition. It was an excellent victory, however he made the error of considering that the battle resonated with the informal boxing followers.
That battle was primarily seen by the hardcore followers of the game. For Teofimo to turn out to be well-known, he’s obtained to give attention to combating the large names at 135 and 140 quite than investing a yr of his profession defending his belts in opposition to guys like Kambosos.
In hindsight, Teofimo ought to have vacated his IBF belt and arrange a battle with Ryan Garcia, Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, or Devin Haney.
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