Teofimo Lopez: “I Have Nothing Against Top Rank”

Published 03/07/2021, 8:00 AM EST
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)


Unified lightweight champion, Teofimo Lopez, recently had a contractual tussle with his promoters, which urged him to sign a lucrative $6.02 million deal with broadcasting company Triller for his next fight against George Kambosos.

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Although he is still under the Top Rank banner, ESPN (Top Rank’s official partner) has lost the right to broadcast Lopez’s upcoming fight. But, ‘Take Over’ doesn’t seem to have any grudge over Bob Arum’s promotions.

In fact, he seemed optimistic about working on the differences ahead. While Lopez began his stellar career under Bob Arum’s company, he labeled it as one of the best companies around the world.

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In a chat on the AK&Barak show, Lopez said, “I was always happy with Top Tank, you know, I think that they are one of the best companies to start your career. They know how to promote a fighter and they know what they are doing with the matchmakers. They have phenomenal matchmakers- Brad Goodman and Bruce Trampler, who are Hall of Famers.

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Bob Arum has honed several boxers into superstars. These include the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Muhammad Ali, and many more. So, sticking around might not be a bad decision for Teofimo Lopez. That said, he has openly hinted at settling the disputes.

“These guys are phenomenal. So, you know, I have nothing against Top Rank. I may have something against one specific person. But other than that, I honestly had to get rid of this guy. I’ll probably still be talking about you know, making things work with Top Rank,” said the unified 135 lbs champion.

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Following a lopsided win against Vasyl Lomachenko, Lopez’s next fight went to the grasp of a purse bid. Surprisingly, Top Rank bid only $2.5 million, and Matchroom surpassed them with around $3.5 million. But, Triller trumped them all to bag the rights.

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Nevertheless, the tussle between Lopez and Top Rank goes beyond that. According to the champion, he had problems with one specific individual.

OXON HILL, MD – JULY 19: Teofimo Lopez in his corner after the third round of his lightweight IBF World Title Elimination fight against Masayoshi Nakatani (not pictured) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

“At least, Bob was being cordial with me. He was stating a lot more other things but… How is that guy who represents Top Rank company whenever the time goes from Bob, can’t even take a picture with his favorite fighter from the stable?” said Lopez.

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Meanwhile, Lopez is already a star of the sport, and considering his upcoming moves, we can expect him to iron out the differences with Top Tank. If he doesn’t, it won’t be tough to find a suitable promotion for him.

Do you think Teofimo Lopez should stay at Top Rank?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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