Teofimo Lopez Expresses Doubt: “Do I Still Got It?”

Teofimo Lopez's Future is Under Attack

Doubt surrounds Teofimo Lopez and his odds at junior welterweight
(clockwise from left) Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, Regis Prograis

Teofimo Lopez Doubting His Ability Is Not A Good Sign

Boxing is 90% mental and 10% physical. That is the truest statement about the brutal gladiator sport called boxing. It is something that former unified lightweight champion “The Takeover” Teofimo Lopez (18-1, 13KO) will be dealing with over the next couple of weeks.

Lopez was hoping to impress fans at the famous MSG Arena against by dominating junior welterweight contender Sandor Martin. However, the Brooklyn native failed to impress and was knocked down in the second round before winning a controversial split decision. Social media was burning up with fans and fighters complaining about one of the scorecards, calling it a bad decision. Former WBC interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia is one of them.

Ryan Garcia says the 97-93 scorecard for Teofimo Lopez is disgusting
Ryan Garcia says the 97-93 scorecard for Teofimo Lopez is disgusting


After the fight, ESPN played an incredibly damaging video of The Takeover asking members of his team disturbing questions.

“Bro, do I still have it? Do I still got it?”

When fighters are not mentally right, it changes everything about who they are and how fans perceive them. Not to mention, other fighters will start looking at them as food for the division. This circled through social media like wildfire as concerns for Lopez’s mental state came into question.

Rival fighters undisputed lightweight Devin Haney and two-time junior welterweight champion Regis Prograis chimed in on the topic.

Devin Haney and Regis Prograis critique Teofimo Lopez's mental state
Devin Haney and Regis Prograis critique Teofimo Lopez’s mental state

Lopez needs to take a deep look inside and do some soul-searching for answers. In this sport, it is imperative that the mind is intact. It will be hard for The Takeover as his future in the sport is under attack, and he may not recover from it.

By: Bo Bland

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for 3kingsboxing.com as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."