Teofimo Lopez Turned Down An Offer To Face Ryan Garcia

Teofimo Lopez has revealed that he turned down an offer to face Ryan Garcia after it failed to meet his expectations.

The WBO junior welterweight champion has made it clear that his aim is to fight for nine-figure paydays following his win over Josh Taylor to grab the belt. And talks over a fight emerged when Oscar De La Hoya talked about a fight between Lopez and Garcia on a potential Super Bowl weekend card. Lopez’s achievements speak for themselves. The two-weight and two-time lineal champion only has one loss on his record to George Kambosos Jr.

However, wins over Vasiliy Lomachenko, Richard Commey and Taylor have given him one of the best resumes in boxing. And yet, that has failed to translate into ticket sales, with Lopez failing to sell out in his hometown against Taylor. As for Garcia, his pulling power was shown in the loss to Gervonta Davis. Despite coming out second best, the fight sold over a reported 1.2 million PPVs, with Garcia getting $30 million in the process. That had been helped by the fact that the fight brought in the highest gate of the year, around $22 million. With that being said, the offer put Lopez, as the B-side, much to his dissatisfaction.

“When you’re the best, when you are the guy, when you bring major sponsors, endorsements, big major business deals, when you offer me a 1.5 [million dollars] stake in the piece—f–k you. So yeah I declined the offer,” Lopez said

Nevertheless, Lopez has big plans moving forward. A unification fight between the winner of Devin Haney and Regis Prograis could follow. Meanwhile, there is also the possibility of a rematch with Kambosos at 140. But unless Lopez resonates with the boxing fans, he may struggle to get those massive purses. Either way, the plan was clear moving forward.

“What’s next for me is world wide takeover, that’s what’s next. I want to go to Italy, I want to take it to other places in different ways. I got a lot of fan base in Africa, too, I want to go out there. My whole thing is taking it global because nobody else is going to help me in the boxing game no more,” Lopez stated

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