Teofimo Lopez Reacts to Stephen A. Smith’s Comments: Women Deserve to Get Paid More

Published 02/09/2021, 7:01 AM EST


Women have always remained an integral part of the sporting world. In the world of combat sports, there are countless female athletes who accrue vast fan bases to their fights. The standard of women in boxing and MMA has only improved, promising an even vibrant future than today.

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But Stephen Smith asserted he doesn’t like women punching other women on their faces. This statement gained massive criticism from fight enthusiasts.

On The AK and Barak Show, lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez reacted to the same. He said, “I think women if anything they deserve to get paid more for what they do, you know. It’s all about women’s empowerment. Women are just as equal.”

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OXON HILL, MD – JULY 19: Teofimo Lopez walks to his corner after the seventh 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)

The ‘Takeover’ took it on a lighter note and gave his own belief on the same. He made a magnificent point for women’s pay in this sport. Women rarely gain as  handsome paychecks as men. Many times, female boxing or MMA matches gain more eyeballs than a men’s contest, but it doesn’t contribute much to their pay hike.

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Teofimo Lopez details the importance of women

In the aforementioned interview, the unified lightweight king shed light on his wife’s contribution to his life. He said, “I always look at it like this, when I talk to my wife, you could have a house, but a woman makes it a home. There’s so much to it. So these are all facts, man.”

Lopez admitted women need to have higher pay standards in the sport. Not just boxing and MMA, but across the sporting world.

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Fighters like Teofimo Lopez keep the sport regulated. And make sure that it does not get lopsided towards men only.

In the subsequent years, women will play a pivotal role in molding the fans’ perception of combat sports. Needless to say, female fights will touch sky-high numbers in the coming time.

What do you make of Teofimo Lopez’s comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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