Crawford’s Coach Accuses Lopez Of Using Bud’s Name For Clout

Bernie Davis, Terence Crawford’s coach, doubts Teofimo Lopez’s intention of wanting to face his fighter.

Lopez prepares to face Jamaine Ortiz on February 8, 2024, in the first defense of his WBO Junior Welterweight Title he acquired after beating Josh Taylor. The Takeover, however, is already looking ahead to taking on Crawford in what he sees as a legacy-defining fight. Despite being a two-weight and two-time lineal champion, Lopez felt the fight was his chance to earn his ‘flowers.’

He also criticized Crawford’s best wins over Errol Spence Jr, Kell Brook and Jose Benavidez Jr, saying they were not in peak condition heading into the bout. Crawford responded by urging Lopez to conquer his weight class, given unification fights against Devin Haney and Subriel Matias are on offer. Davis has followed up those comments by questioning Lopez’s motives for mentioning Crawford.

“Crawford is going to kill that boy. Crawford still has that eye of the tiger. Definitely, he ain’t going to do it because of Bob Arum [of Top Rank]. He’s indebted to Bob Arum. He took a big plunge with that. He’s stuck with Bob Arum. he can’t just get out and do what he wants.

“Even the fake retirement. Teofimo drives me nuts, but he got them championships. Stand up to Bud and say, ‘I want you.’ When you see him, don’t turn your head. You got to at least stand your ground. At least make some eye contact if you don’t approach him,” Davis said

Lopez’s resume shows he is willing to face the best. Wins against Vasiliy Lomachenko, Josh Taylor and Richard Commey have shown that. But given there are fights with Haney and Matias still at 140, his focus should be on getting those first.

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