Teofimo Lopez was touted as the next great thing as he upset the odds with Vasily Lomachenko. Now, after just three games, the young man from Brooklyn is in need of a confidence boost.
Lopez fought the quick, slick Sandor Martin. The couple made twelve laps, with ‘The Takeover’ wins through split decision after being knocked out by Martin in the second round.
Besides the controversies surrounding his ability to knock Lopez out later in the match – as well as a very extensive scoreboard – fans online noticed something amiss about the often smug boxer from Brooklyn.
After his win, he was seen on the broadcast seeking some confirmation from his team. He asked ‘Do I still have it? Do I still have it?’ with the people around him, including his father as head coach.
Yoooo!!!!!! I asked if I still didn’t!!!! oh my god
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– BOXING n BBQ (@BOXINGnBBQ) December 11, 2022
Many fans will believe that Lopez is being too hard on herself here. Undoubtedly, Martin had a hard night at work – and probably didn’t score that on the scoreboard – but Lopez is in the process of getting used to a new weight class.
He finished his first match at 140 in the knockout round in the seventh round, and will now look forward to a big game in 2023. Despite his impeccable record in the ultralightweight division. , but it is possible that failure at the previous tournament has knocked his confidence.
George Kambosos Jr turned the odds by beating Lopez on cards in their lightweight unification title match – the belt ‘Teo’ had previously won by toppling the weight superstar, Lomachenko.
Instead of seeking a rematch, Lopez put on weight immediately – citing chest problems and claiming sloppy running was the sole cause of his defeat.
There’s no doubt that when he gets to his game, the 25-year-old is an electronic talent – and one with the potential for a bright future in the sport.
At this stage, it seems likely that the obstacles ahead may be mental rather than physical for the boxer of 2020.