“He Doesn’t Want To, but He Might Be Forced To” – Robert Garcia Shares His Views on Which Top Lightweight Teofimo Lopez Will Have to Face Next

Published 10/05/2021, 1:22 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: 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)


Former professional boxer Robert Garcia talks about Teofimo Lopez’s next opponent. Triller put off Teofimo Lopez vs Kambosos Jr. yet again. Therefore, both fighters will now look for different opponents to fight after Triller has now put off their fight five times.

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An interviewer asked Robert Garcia who he thinks Teofimo Lopez should fight next. Garcia replies saying, “He’s got a contract with Top Rank right? Yeah, he’s gotta go back to doing what Top Rank was offering him.”

He doesn’t want to, but he might be forced to do it now coz of the money. You know he wants the big payday. I think a rematch with Loma is the only one that’s gonna give him that kind of payday that he is asking for.”

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After months of back and forth, Triller pulled the plug on the Lopez vs Kambosos fight. Teofimo ‘The Takeover’ Lopez, the unified lightweight champion of the world, vs the challenger, George Kambosos Jr. This was one of the most anticipated fights of the year, but will not take place now.

Triller originally won the purse bid for the fight at $6.08 million. However, since then, after months of postponements and back-and-forth, Triller has canceled the fight. Triller COO Thorstein Meier explained the reason behind Triller pulling out of the fight,” [With] the advertising we’d lined up, the performance marketing we’d lined up, the radio spots, the television spots, all this stuff.”

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Quite frankly it’s fair to say that at the moment, we’re between $9 million to $10 million in promotional dollars, promotional money, that we’ve spent to promote this fight,” Meier told Yahoo Sports. “We’ve gotten nothing out of it and … this is why we’re saying enough is enough.”

What’s next for Teofimo Lopez?

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With the Kambosos fight out of the way, Teofimo Lopez now wants a catchweight Bout Against Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor with both undisputed titles at stake. Lopez thinks he can take on the undisputed junior welterweight champion of the world, Josh Taylor.

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Lopez wants the fight to take place at a catchweight of around 138 pounds. The winner of the fight emerging as the unified champion of two weight classes. Who do you think would win? Josh Taylor or Teofimo Lopez?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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