“We Ain’t Fighting With Top Rank No More- Teofimo Lopez Sr. Opens up on His Son’s Future With Bob Arum

Published 03/27/2021, 9:00 AM 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)


Teofimo Lopez and his team are not ready to come under terms with Bob Arum’s Top Rank unless they are offered the right amount. Following a win over Vasyl Lomachenko, Lopez has become the unified 135 lbs champion and a prominent superstar in the sport.

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That said, his team has demanded a bigger financial number from Top Rank and has obliged to compete under the banner only in PPV fights. Speaking with Fight hype, Teofimo Lopez Sr. clarified their stance on the situation and seemed confident about Lopez’s future, even without Bob Arum’s promotion.

“I don’t think that Bob (Arum) is going to say no to money,” said Lopez Sr.

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He added, “I told Bob Arum. I told him yo listen. The first day I met him, I said, yo listen, this is the kid (Lopez) that’s gonna bring up this company. And all they gotta do is believe in him. We ain’t fighting with Top Rank no more unless it’s Pay-per-view.”

Teofimo Lopez recently had a dispute with his promoter Bob Arum, resulting in his bout against George Kambosos Jr going to purse bids where Triller claimed the rights for $6.02 million.

While Top Rank’s official broadcaster is ESPN, the ongoing rigmarole between Lopez and Arum has passed the ball to Triller’s court. Meanwhile, Teofimo Lopez is still under the Top Rank, but the chances of a prosperous future together appear bleak at this stage.

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Lopez Sr. also pointed out the fact that his team was underpaid for last October’s title fight against Vasyl Lomachenko. So, he didn’t appear pleased with Bob Arum. Hence, this time they are doing every possible thing to prioritize their choices.

Speaking on it, Lopez sr. said, “We are pay-per-view. My son has done things that nobody has ever done. And we are in that position right now, to create a monster in the boxing industry where nobody has seen that.”

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He added, “The money will come, you know. Like I told everybody, we fought (Vasyl) Lomachenko for pennies we ain’t doing that no more.”

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Amid all the talks, ‘Take Over’ Lopez will defend his lightweight belts against George Kambosos Jr. Although there are bigger names available, Lopez has opted to honor his mandatory defense.

That said, the current 135 lbs ride can allure boxing fans for all the right reasons. Nevertheless, Lopez hasn’t revealed the official fight date yet and the paper works seem to be in progress.

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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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