Teofimo Lopez Openly Considers Retiring After Usurping Josh Taylor At 140
Despite being saddled with a great deal of pressure to look good, Teofimo “The Takeover” Lopez (19-1, 13 KO’s) put on a spectacular performance versus Josh Taylor. After controlling the majority of the prizefight, Lopez usurped Taylor’s WBO super lightweight title, making him a two-division champion. The win had countless boxing fans licking their chops as they felt Lopez versus undisputed lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (30-0, 15 KO’s) would be next. This is the result of Team Lopez insisting that is the fight that they want next.
Sadly, in the aftermath of the main event, The Takeover threw the boxing world a curve ball when he announced that he would be immediately retiring.
“Now, just to stir it up, I might retire after this. Retirement man, I am kind of tired. I’m not getting paid enough; a million dollars? Get the fuck out of here! I need to take a break, I’m tired of everybody bullying me. I’m young, I’m a kid at heart, I think y’all [the media] should go after the Devin Haney’s, Shakur [Stevenson] and Tyson Fury’s and all them.”
WHAT’S THE FUTURE HOLD?!
While the news is disappointing, it is not a complete and total shock to hear these words. Since his loss to George Kambosos, Lopez has routinely made zany and out of pocket comments. In the build-up to this match with Taylor, The Takeover remained reckless in his commentary as he promised that he wanted and would try to kill Taylor in the ring. Along with this, Lopez has openly been feuding with his father and trainer, Teofimo Lopez Sr., and his ex-wife. In fact, when asked in the post-fight interview what his next fight would be, he said it’d be in court over custody of his son.
Given the extremities that Lopez goes to in his talking points, there is a good chance that his comment was either just the heat of the moment or flat-out bluster. Only time will tell. Yet, given how it appears that Teofimo Lopez has returned to his top form, it’s be a true shame if he did call it quits. Yet, regardless of what he chooses to do next, 3Kings Boxing will be here to report all the latest developments.