Via Knitting Ambrosio: Regis Prograis believes that Teofimo Lopez does not “mental stability” after watching his behavior last Saturday night in his questionable 10-round split decisive win over Sandor Martin. Prograis said Teofimo is “broken down” mentally.
Besides mental stability issues, WBC lightweight champion Prograis believes Teofimo (18-1, 13 KOs) is the “too little” for the 140 lb weight class and lacks the strength to defeat assassins in the weight class.
Not sure if Teofimo will still hit 135, but he knows from watching him he won’t beat the top boxers at 140 lb.
If Teofimo goes back to lightweight, given his size and strength for that weight class, he could immediately become a factor, as long as he doesn’t lose weight. But in light weight, he’s not going anywhere, according to Prograis.
Regis’ advice to save Teofimo’s career
- Garbage training team
- Return to division 135 lb
- work on strength
- Learn to box – Don’t rely on strength
- Be happy outside the ring
Prograis: Teofimo is too small for 140
“I never thought that. I don’t think Teo can make it to the top 140,” Regis Prograis told fight when asked if Teofimo Lopez’s strength has increased from 135 lb to 140.
“I try to hurt people. That’s what I do. I’m trying to hurt you. I’m trying to destroy you. I will harm Cat; that’s it. I will definitely hurt him,“Prograis said.
“So when you talk about someone like Teo, I think he’s too young. Yeah, he’s fast and all that. he’s nimble, but for me it’s just smoke and mirrors. It’s not like it won’t do anything to me.
“That did absolutely nothing for me. Yeah, I really think I’ll hurt him [Teofimo]. I think I hurt anyone. I have a loss [to Josh Taylor].
“I just don’t see him [Teofimo] beat [top fighters at 140]. Look, he’s explosive and he’s good at 135. He’s skilled, he’s fast, he’s explosive and he can sell.
“He had all the skills at 135, but at 140.5 that five pounds really made a difference. Is crazy. People think 5 pounds is nothing, but 5 pounds in boxing, that’s 5 pounds of muscle.
“That’s five pounds of power for these different people. I don’t feel like him [Teofimo] can beat any of the top 140. I do not see it. I can’t see him beating any of the top guys at 140. I think the power is nonexistent.
“Of course, speed is there, but power is not. That chin, man. You have to think, he was abandoned by Kambosos, and Kambosos is a little guy. If you are talking about someone like me.
“Listen, he [Teofimo] dropped by Kambosos; he was abandoned by this guy [Sandor Martin]. I’ve seen Teo get knocked out in a bout before. This guy is coming to this department.
“Besides me, there are many murderers at the age of 140. I know I am a murderer, and you have [Jose] Zepeda. You have people like Jack Catterall there. They have a group of people who are killers.
“Yeah, they have a lot of killers at 140, and I don’t think he can be hanged. He gets carried away with his own hype, and that’s what’s wrong with him. He got caught up in his own hype, and so did his dad. He needs to get rid of his father.
Lopez is mentally unstable” Regis said
“He has a lot going on personally, and he has a lot of skill. In boxing, a happy boxer is the best boxer. You always have to be happy. If you have too much going on in your personal life, you will not be happy. That will affect you in the ring.
“He needs to change his squad. Mentally, he is unstable. I see the post [on Twitter] immediately after the battle. He went right back to the gym and started working out and things like that.
“If I look at that, it means he is mentally unstable because he is trying to prove to himself something. He does it because he wants to prove to people, ‘I really won. I’m doing this.’ No, man, you put that video out saying you’re back in the gym. That means you don’t. Mentally, you are unstable.
“If strength is not at 140, you can do different things to promote your strength. He’s still skilled. I give him that. Without permissions, you can still outbox these guys.
“Maybe he can get 135. Maybe he can’t. I do not know. I am not his body. Mentally, he’s falling apart. You can only tell that mentally, he’s falling apart. He has a lot of bullshit going on around him.
“It could happen,” Prograis said when asked if George Kambosos Jr would ‘ruin’ Teofimo with a win over him in 2021. “I wouldn’t say so. I wouldn’t say it’s true.
“That is definitely a possibility. When you get those hype stuff. When you have such a big ego, and you put all that hype into your head, you believe all that stuff, and his dad. His father believes all of that.
“It seems like his dad is living off his son, and that’s never good when your dad is living off you. They put too much pressure on you, and you feel invincible. Then you have a guy like Kambosos. He [Teofimo] supposedly running through Kambosos.
“I think he will run through Kambosos. When you meet someone like Kambosos who puts you on your** and cuts you off and gives you an uphill battle like that, it ruins you.
“You ask yourself. “Dan, right?” He said, ‘Damn it, do I still have it?’ He said it in the ring. ‘Damn it, do I even have it?’ Well, mentally, he’s not there. He needs to change everything.
“I’m completely different,” Prograis said of the loss to Josh Taylor in 2019 that didn’t affect his morale like Teofimo’s defeat to Kambosos.
“I don’t let things affect me. I’m very happy. It’s okay because my personal life has always been fine. Boxing is not my person. It doesn’t define me. Yes, I get paid a lot for boxing. I’m a good fighter, but that’s not who I am.
“I just think he [Teofimo] need a change [of trainer]. If your father is living off you, you can’t do that. With Teo, I think he needs to get rid of his father. To me, his dad is fooling him. He needs to be with another coach.
“It’s hard when you have a family [training you]. That’s more difficult. How to fire my father? This is my father. How to fire my father? That is difficult. I’m sure Teo gets a good little check. So he’s paying his dad. So his father is relying on his money now.
“How do you do that? It’s a tough situation. I wouldn’t do it. But if you want to get to the next level, it’s necessary.
“When I fight people, I try to hurt them. I don’t fight to hurt my opponent for long, like chronic. I don’t want to hurt my opponent often. But when I fight, I try to mess people up, I really do.
“I try to beat your one**. When I fight, I don’t look to go far and go 12 rounds. I can fight 12 hard rounds, but when I fight someone 12 hard rounds, I do some damage. I just know that. I will hurt you.
“I still feel like I won that match, but there is one loss on my record. Have you seen your face? [after the fight]. You’ve seen what Josh Taylor’s eyes look like. His went out to play. He had his eye on this,” Prograis said.