Ryan Garcia’s Father Disagrees With Notion That Teofimo Lopez Rules Lightweight
Ryan Garcia’s father isn’t sold on Teofimo Lopez calling himself the king at 135 pounds.
Lopez holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, The Ring, and WBC (Franchise) Lightweight Titles. He captured the WBA, WBO, The Ring, and WBC Titles by defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko via unanimous decision. Lopez was already the IBF Champion going into the bout.
Ryan Garcia is the newly-minted interim WBC Lightweight Champion. He is considered to be one of the four top lightweights in the world. The other three are Lopez, WBA (Regular) titleholder Gervonta Davis, and WBC Champion Devin Haney.
During an interview with Pro Boxing Fans, Garcia’s father, Henry, said Lopez has not yet proven to be the ruler of the 135-pound division (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“I give credit to everybody, I give credit to Teofimo, although he shouldn’t say that he’s the king of lightweights. I know he beat Lomachenko, but think about it, Lomachenko is actually a 130-pounder, he’s a junior lightweight, he’s not a true lightweight.
“A true lightweight rehydrates to 143, 144 easily, almost to welterweight, so there’s no way a junior lightweight can rehydrate to a junior welterweight or a welterweight actually. You can to a junior welterweight but not welterweight, because you have to have the height in order to consider yourself like king and you’ve got to beat everybody.”
Talks to book a title bout between Lopez and George Kambosos are underway. “The Takeover” has said talks appear to be falling apart and if it doesn’t pan out, then he’ll be targeting Haney. Kambosos insists that there is no holdup.