Teofimo Lopez Reveals Why Muhammad Ali’s Trash Talk Is Unmatched Even Today

Published 02/09/2021, 3:42 AM CST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Teofimo Lopez Jr walks to the ring before the Lightweight World Title bout against Vasiliy Lomachenko (not pictured) 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 has revealed why legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was the best at trash-talking. The undefeated champion paid his respects to arguably the greatest boxer of all time. He even claimed Ali was “sent from the gods.”

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Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston and taunts him to get up during their title fight. Ali knocked Liston out in one minute in the first round during their bout at the Central Maine Youth Center in Lewiston, Maine.

Lopez, who became a world champion at a similar age as Ali, said the legendary boxer was his idol. He admitted that the late boxer influenced his behavior out of the ring. 

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Speaking to the AK & Barak show on DAZN, Lopez admitted fighters should be more vocal like Ali was. “No one could ever do it like Mohammad Ali. That is for sure. That guy was one of a kind, I mean I think he was sent from the gods, for sure. And he made a statement,” added Lopez.

This comment explained why the 16-0 champion doesn’t hesitate to voice his opinion on any matter. ‘The Takeover’ then said there was no one who could say the things Ali said and then go out and back it up. Something that he aims to do in his boxing career. 

Moreover, with his victory over Vasyl Lomachenko, Lopez showed a glimpse of his ability to back up what he says.

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Teofimo Lopez says every fighter should do it in their own way

The undefeated champion then admitted he implemented his learning from Muhammad Ali in his own way. He said, “But I do it in my own way, and I think every other fighter should do it in their own way. That’s why I said in my other last tweets, don’t be a follower, be a leader, you know. Be you.”

These comments showed how Lopez aims at recreating his idol’s behavior. His recent verbal battles with Devin Haney have shown that the undefeated champion is in his element when engaging in trash-talking outside the ring.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 20: Teofimo Lopez celebrates his fifth rounf knockout of Edis Tatli during their lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

However, Lopez is still in the early days of his career. We have seen many cases of fighters failing to back up their words. Therefore, if Lopez wants to create a legacy, he will have to make sure he backs up his trash-talk.

What do you make of Teofimo Lopez’s comments on Muhammad Ali? Who do you think can match the late boxing icon?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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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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