Lopez to defend, latest March – McWater

October 21, 2020

Many folks are assuming that Teofimo is done with lightweight, that his next fight will take place at junior welterweight.

Hey, he said this himself months ago, that he’s outgrowing lightweight, and the fight versus Loma will be his adios tango at lightweight.

Not so fast, says manager David McWater.

“Teofimo says a lot of stuff,” McWater told me on Monday, still on a high from what he saw his kid do at the MGM.

OK then, so maybe a Lomachenko rematch is on the table? I told McWater that a July 2021 Lopez-Loma rematch at a fully open Madison Square Garden would be tantalizing to me.

“I can’t imagine a rematch,” McWater answered.

“Older guy never wins a rematch. If they fight again Teofimo would hurt him badly!”

Plus, he added, “I don’t think Loma brings enough viewers to the table to pay both guys.”

But he made clear that Lopez, in his mind, has not out-grown lightweight, so that means the span of options for his next is that much wider.

“He was 134.4 the morning of the weigh in and had three liters of water and three meals the day before,” McWater continued.

“With Perfecting Athletes (a South Florida-based outfit specializing in helping fighters make weight safely) on our side, it’s a whole different game.

“We might move up but my guess is the next fight is a defense.”

McWater says Team Lopez are sitting and deeply breathing that sweet air, as the buzz of the win continues to waft. No discussions with promoter Bob Arum, not even preliminary ones, have occurred.

“For me, I would want to move up if we got the winner of the Jose Ramirez-Josh Taylor fight. Other than that, I think more exciting fights are at 135.”

A press release went out Monday, the gist of it being that the winner of the Oct. 31 Lee Selby-George Kambosos fight would be ranked No. 1 by the IBF at 135, and first in line to meet IBF champ Lopez.

“Yeah, I could see us fighting Selby or Kambosos,” McWater said.

“They both have big fan bases in their countries.”

“Who” will be much discussed moving forward. And McWater will rightfully look left, right, center before deciding what’s best for the kid and his career. What about “when,” though?

“I can tell you exactly what he would say: ‘I’m a fighter I need to fight,’” McWater said.

“He’s not going to take long layoffs if he can help it. March 2021 at the latest!”


EDITED FROM: badlefthook.com

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