Teofimo Lopez Sr. Compares His Son’s Purse Bid to Muhammad Ali’s Vietnam War Situation: ‘It’s the Same Sh*t That We’re Doing’

Published 03/30/2021, 5:00 PM EDT


Teofimo Lopez Sr., the father of lightweight champion, Teofimo Lopez, has made a bold claim about his son. The trainer of the current champion explained their decision to push for a purse bid and even compared it to boxing great Muhammad Ali.

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Lopez will fight his WBO mandatory, George Kambosos Jr. However, the fight will not be a Top Rank event as the two parties could not agree on a deal. As a result, the WBO called a purse bid, and Triller won the bid. Lopez Sr. has now commented on this situation.

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The trainer of the champion spoke to FightHype.com on YouTube and said, “We’re showing these boxers that they’re worth more than the promoters think that they’re worth, you know. We took a stand for that, you know. And this is big man.”

Thus, this comment showed why the two parties failed to agree on a deal. Clearly, the champion’s camp felt they deserved more money. Lopez Sr. then compared their actions to Muhammad Ali.

“This is like the Muhammad Ali eras, you know what I’m saying? When Muhammad Ali stood for his rights, he didn’t want to go fight in the war, it’s the same sh*t that we’re doing right now with my son,” Said Lopez Sr.

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Teofimo Lopez could start a new trend

Boxing is one of the most lucrative sports in the world. However, these comments from Lopez Sr. showed that despite the revenue the fighters bring in, they don’t get their fair share. So could this pave the way for fighters to earn more money?

Muhammad Ali was a revolutionary in the sport in more than one way. Other than fighting for his rights and refusing to go to the Vietnam War, Ali was also the primary consideration when setting up the Muhammad Ali act. So can Lopez do something similar?

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)

Unfortunately for Lopez, the only reason it worked this time was because he was fighting a mandatory. Usually, if two parties can not agree on a deal, the fight falls through, and they can move on. However, since it was a mandatory challenger, the WBO ordered a purse bid.

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Furthermore, this was Triller’s first purse bid, and they wanted to make a big statement. However, there is no guarantee they will bid similar amounts in the future. Thus, it will be difficult for Lopez to make this a trend for now.

What do you make of Teofimo Lopez Sr.’s comments? Do you think this was on par with Muhammad Ali’s actions?

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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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