Hall of Famer Boxer Says Teofimo Lopez and Gervonta Davis Remind Her of Herself

Published 02/23/2021, 10:30 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Teofimo Lopez Jr celebrates after defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko (not pictured) in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)


Teofimo Lopez and Gervonta Davis have got high praise showered on them by a former world champion. Hall of Famer Christy Martin made a huge claim about the lightweights. She even detailed what makes them excellent fighters.

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Lopez and Davis are both champions in the lightweight division. And despite not fighting in the lightweight division herself, Martin said those two remind her of herself during her fighting days. She even explained her choices.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: Gervonta Davis celebrates after knocking out Francisco Fonseca in the eighth round of their junior lightweight bout on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Speaking on ‘The Last Stand’ podcast, the famous boxer offered her picks for the fighters who remind her of herself. She said, “Oh, Teofimo in some ways, because we both like to talk shit, and we both walk, you know, walk the walk, we talk the talk, all that stuff.”

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Speaking about Gervonta Davis, the former boxer said, “And Tank. I mean Tank can punch and that’s why you get in trouble, you know. I felt like I always had that punch. And we’re short and stocky and stout, so those two guys.”

These comments not only showed who Martin thinks resembles herself the most, but it also shows her two picks for the most exciting lightweight division.

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Who is Christy Martin?

Martin will make the headlines for mentioning Lopez and Davis who are the stars of today. However, the American boxer was nothing short of a superstar back in her day. She is a former WBC women’s super-welterweight champion.

She ended her professional career with a record of 49-7-3. Moreover, she has fought the likes of Laila Ali and UFC star Holly Holm.

Such was Martin’s talent that Don King even put her on the undercard of Mike Tyson’s fights. Therefore, she was truly a superstar in the women’s game.

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Thus, for Lopez and Davis, this should be a tremendous honor. Both fighters are young and confident in their abilities.

Furthermore, they seem to be on a collision course to face each other. However, one thing that they share in common is being similar to Christy Martin.

What do you make of these comments from Christy Martin? Do you think Teofimo Lopez and Gervonta Davis resemble the former champion?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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