Via Dan Ambrose: Coach Teofimo Lopez Sr. still in damage control mode, trying to explain why Teo lost his last match to George Kambosos Jr. in November of last year.
Instead of focusing on Teofimo’s next opponent, Pedro Campa for their championship title this Saturday on ESPN, Lopez Sr is still trying to convince doubters that his son was seriously injured in the game. lose to Kambosos.
Teofimo Sr said that Teo fought with a broken elbow and a laceration in his esophagus during his battle with Kambosos.
Fans will be more forgiving of former unified lightweight champion Teofimo (16-1, 12 KOs) if he stays at 135 long enough to try and avenge the loss.
“What happened in the last battle, these idiots didn’t understand and didn’t hear the doctor say they were sick. He should have been in the ICU instead of in the ring,” Teofimo Lopez Sr told Fighthub TV about Teo’s loss to George Kambosos Jr.
“If you don’t understand that, you are a hater; you’re dumb, retarded, or whatever. He [Teofimo] there was a problem that he could have died in that fight. He had a problem where he shouldn’t have fought even for an inning.
“Even the doctor said he should have been in the ICU instead of in that fight. So how can I help my son if he can’t breathe and he has two holes in his body?
“I’m sick and tired of this, and that’s why we’re going up to 140 to show the world when my son is at a comfortable weight. We had him for nine years at the age of 135.
“That is almost remarkable. I want you to name me a boxer who has done it. Stayed in a division for nine years and was uninjured. We hurt him. You know why. With all these delays with Kambosos at 135 that really killed him.
“He’s dehydrated, he’s exhausted, and thank goodness we still have him alive to entertain the crowd. We almost lost him. He was in the ICU for five days. He didn’t recover because his oxygen levels didn’t go up.
“People don’t see it. “A man, he’s making excuses.” He broke his elbow in that match. Teofimo Sr.