Teofimo Lopez Aims to Prove Himself at 140 Against Sandor Martin
On December 10, former unified lightweight champion “The Takeover” Teofimo Lopez (17-1, 13KO) is ready to step into the ring against top junior welterweight contender Sandor “Arrasandor” Martin (40-2, 13KO). Lopez is prepared to look impressive and prove his position in the division.
This fight took a little detour before arriving at this point. When the WBC first ordered this fight, Lopez claimed that Martin had turned it down. Martin quickly responded by saying the Brooklyn native’s statement was false. Furthermore, he stated that Team Lopez was the reason for the fight not happening.
PEDRAZA IS OUT, MARTIN IS IN
Originally, Lopez had prepared to face two-division champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza, to the disappointment of the boxing community. With Pedraza coming off a draw against Richard Commey, the fight announcement had fans raising their eyebrows. However, things worked themselves out in favor of what the fans wanted. Pedraza had to pull out due to illness, and Martin swiftly dropped in as a replacement.
LOPEZ IS OK WITH FIGHTING MARTIN
Boxing enthusiasts were more pleased with the news considering Martin is viewed as a much better opponent. During an interview with FightHype, The Takeover said he is not disappointed about fighting Martin, and a victory will prove he belongs in the division.
“This is the guy we wanted in the first place, and I’m glad that this happened and everything turned around . . . we’re excited that we have Sandor Martin. But you guys gotta understand, it’s not a three-week notice for this guy. He’s been in the gym.”
Lopez made it known that they are not overlooking Martin while understanding he must have a good performance.
“We don’t overlook Sandor Martin . . . it’s a great match-up, and this is going to show everyone where I’m at in the 140-pound division.”
“It’s all about looking impressive, that’s all it is, you know what I mean. The knockout, if it comes, it comes . . . my whole objective is just looking great.”
By: Garrisson Bland