Via Jim Calfa: Regis Prograis wants to hurt former unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez after hearing him call her “slow” in an interview.
Teofimo hasn’t talked about wanting to combine it with Prograis, so the chances of Regis achieving his desire to hurt him are slim right now.
Regis wanted nothing more than to defend the 140 lb WBA title for the first time against Teofimo (17-1, 13 KOs) in early 2023. However, Teofimo got his hands on Sandor Martin on Dec. face the Spaniard on December 10 on ESPN+ at Madison Square Garden in New York.
There’s a good chance that Teofimo’s career will soon come to an end, making it unnecessary for Prograis to fight him. Teofimo looked terrible on his debut at 140 ago Pedro Campa August last year, and unless he makes significant progress by December 10, he will lose to Martin.
Teofimo proved to be weak against Campa and fortunately he didn’t have the strength, otherwise he would have received another loss.
It’s not certain that the 25-year-old Lopez will beat Sandor because we’ve seen Teo lose to an inferior fighter in George Kambosos Jr..
Prograis (28-1, 24 KOs) claimed the vacant WBC lightweight belt last Saturday night with an 11th round knockout win over Jose Zepeda.
“You’ve seen Teofimo talk obscenely, say I’m slow and all he’ll eat next year. Can you tell Teofimo what I will do with him? Regis Prograis mentioned above social mediain response to Teofimo Lopez’s criticism of him.
“I will really hurt Teofimo. I’ll really f**k Shrink up, like bad. When I fight, I don’t box. When I fight, I don’t try to come to a decision with you. I do not. I’m really trying to hurt you.
“I like purists. I like Floyd [Mayweather]I like Pernell [Whitaker], really good boxers like Rigondeaux. But my idols, they are the ones who really try to hurt their opponents. Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Sonny Liston, George Foreman, Henry Armstrong, those are the people I admire.
“I really try to hurt my opponent. Someone asked me about an interview I did yesterday. When I fight, I really want to hurt you. Cats talk nonsense; I’m great with Cat.
“Me and Teo were in the same room and all that. But I really feel like I’m going to hurt him, and hurt him so badly that he’s going to really mess up, go to the hospital like the fuck.
“That’s the thing. I found him to be a bit obscene. I know you have to hype your fight with Sandor Martin. You have a good fight coming [on December 10th]. I am cheering for you. I think you will win that war.
“It’s definitely a big test for you because Sandor Martin is about to have a good win over Mikey Garcia. So I think it’s a big test for you, I think it’s good, but I just think it has the level,” Prograis said.