Bob Arum Says Teofimo Lopez ‘Has to Fight At 140’

Top Rank boss Bob Arum doesn’t want any of his fighters to risk their lives while trying to make the weight for their fights. In the case of Teofimo Lopez, he wants him to fight at 140lbs.

Lopez was found to have air in his chest and heart areas after his fight against George Kambosos Jr. The 24-year-old lost his lightweight belts to the Australian rival via split decision.

The medical team that examined him claimed that he could have died during the fight. His symptoms worsened once he began rehydrating after the weigh-in.

“Again, it’s something that fighters have to avoid. He didn’t go about getting down the way he should have. He got dehydrated. He had problems with his lungs and his esophagus. He almost died,” Arum previously said. “I’ll meet with him and his father and no more 135 pounds, and fight at 140.”

The veteran promoter opened up about how much he dislikes the way boxers are forced to take immediate measures to cut down on weight.

“The one thing I hate about the sport of boxing is making weight artificially because they think it gives them an advantage, and it probably does, fighting at a division they really shouldn’t be at,” Arum added.

“They should be at a higher division, but everybody gets themselves down to fight in the lower divisions because they then have a size advantage over their opponent.”

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