By Dan Ambrose: Teofimo Lopez reaffirmed on Wednesday that there will be no rematch for his last opponent Vasily Lomachenko.
You can not blame Teofimo for choosing not to fight Lomachenko again, because there is a good chance that he would lose to the former three-division world champion in a rematch.
Fans believe that Teofimo is afraid of Lomachenko
So instead of fighting Lomachenko again and being beaten, Teofimo justifies his decision not to fight him again by saying that he is moving on to bigger and better things.
Unfortunately, the boxing audience believes that Teofimo ducks Lomachenko and lacks the confidence he can beat him for the second time.
The four-belt lightweight champion Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) says he believes that if the double Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) had beaten him in October last year, he would not have given him a rematch.
With the door closed too well for another match against Lomachenko, Teofimo says he is going after the undisputed 140-lb champion Josh Taylor.
But first, Teofimo must take care of its IBF mandatory George Kambosos Jr. (19-0, 10 KOs) next month on October 4 at Triller PPV in Madison Square Garden in New York.
Teofimo would probably have already left all four of his lightweight titles now, if not for the huge payday he gets for the Kambosos Jr fight. Triller Fight Club pays Teofimo $ 4 million for the match, probably $ 3 million more than the match is really worth. Kambososo Jr. is without a doubt one of the worst mandatory challengers this author has seen in a long, long time.
The IBF need to get the case going and start logically placing warriors as they seem to have gotten things upside down with their # 1 ranking for Kambosos Jr. He would be better at the bottom of the rankings rather than at the top spot.
Triller has cut their work in time to try to get their money back on pay-per-view and ticket sales. Teofimo vs Kambosos Jr. will likely sell MSG out in New York, but it is not expected to bring in many PPV purchases.
Honestly, it is not a PPV-worthy match, as Kambosos Jr. is not a household name in the United States and he has not been highly rated by boxing fans.
“He is fighting against my remnants and trying to redeem himself. It’s sweet that everyone thinks he’s going to get me back, ”Teofimo told Sky Sports, referring to Lomachenko fighting some of his former opponents.
“How do I look at it now? We’re past it. We look at bigger and better things, like Josh Taylor. There will be no rematch.
“If I had lost, they would never have given me the opportunity, so I do not. I’m not afraid of anyone. I do not duck or dodge anyone.”
“The guy can talk anything he wants, but everyone feels my energy when I step up to the plate.
“I need to get Kambosos Jr. out of the way. I do not want people to retire, ”said Teofimo.
What makes it obvious that Teofimo is popping up in the rematch with Lomachenko is the huge amount of money he is walking away from.
When a fighter chooses to steer away from a fight that would make them millions, you have to think that they do not like their chances. If Teofimo loses to Lomachenko, it will hurt his earning potential because he would be forced to try to avenge the loss.
Fighting against Lomachenko could result in another defeat for Teofimo. At the end of the three matches, Teofimo’s career would be like meteor dust.