Teofimo Lopez Sr Wants More Money To Fight Regis Prograis
When former unified champion Teofimo “Take Over” Lopez (18-1, 13 KO’s) was at lightweight, countless fans wanted to see him face undisputed champ Devin Haney. Rather than dance with him, Lopez ping-ponged between a number of rationales of why he would not slide through the ropes for that bout. Now, it appears that Team Lopez is about to start stacking up a number of reasons for why he will not face WBC super lightweight champion Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (28-1, 24 KO’s).
In a recent interview with Fight Hype, Take Over’s father and trainer, Teofimo Lopez Sr, offered the freshest justification as to why they were sidestepping the duel.
On one hand, Lopez Sr. insists they would love to fight Prograis. At the same time, he reasoned that the “subpar” money being offered will make penning this match an impossibility.
“We want Prograis, but we are not getting the money that we want for Prograis. So why the fuck am I am going to put my son in there with Prograis when we are not even going to make a million dollars?!
“Because it’s going to be from another network, it’s not going to be on ESPN so we are not going to get our minimums.”
It’s disappointing to hear Sr. outline why he does not want his son to mix it up with Prograis, who is coming off a dominant win over former WBC #1 contender Jose Zepeda. The win actually crowned Rougarou a two-time world champion. What makes the scenario a bit more disconcerting is the fact that Take Over already supplied a zany, nonsensical rationale for looking passed Prograis.
Despite Rougarou having just fought Zepeda in California he was adamant that Rougarou’s current promotional contract prevented him from competing in the US. Clearly, this was straight out of fantasy-land.
DO YOU THINK YOU CAN?!
Let’s hope that father and son shed these flimsy deflectors and elect to take on the challenge. Not only is it a solid fight for the fans to get behind and enjoy, the idea of former unified lightweight possibly becoming a two-division champion should be enough motivation.
Many maintain the opinion that Lopez has been but a shell of his former self since losing his titles to George Kambasos Jr. back in 2021. It is also a popular opinion, which is shared by 3Kings Boxing, that Teofimo Lopez should have lost his last prizefight to Sandor Martin.
Somewhat surprisingly, Lopez was caught on the mic questioning his self-worth directly after the aforementioned bout. Therefore, it will be very interesting to see who Take Over squares up with in his next affair. Yet, no matter who that turns out to be, 3Kings Boxing will be here to report the news!
By: Bakari Simpson