Lopez’s resume speaks for itself. He has wins over Vasiliy Lomachenko, Josh Taylor and Richard Commey, which made him a two-weight world champion. He beat the lineal champions, Loma and Taylor, showing he was the best in the division. He is preparing for Jaime Ortiz in his next fight, with one eye on Crawford. He cannot afford to overlook Ortiz, something Lopez was accused of doing when he faced George Kambosos Jr. The shock defeat meant Lopez moved up to 140. Now he is ready to take on the world’s pound-for-pound star.
“I want my flowers now, and the only way I can do that is by beating Terence Crawford now and getting that respect. “This is the Terence Crawford era, then that’s the guy. I give him his flowers. However, I’m a fighter as well, and I know I’m the best, and he says he’s the best. So we’re not too far away in weight class, and we can make that happen,” Lopez said
As we have reported previously, Crawford has shut down the fight. He urged Lopez to focus on his weight class after ‘The Takeover’ claimed Crawford’s big wins had question marks. He said Kell Brook, Jose Benavidez Jr. and Spence were not 100 percent entering into the fight, unlike his big victories over Loma and Taylor. Crawford hit back, urging Lopez to focus on his weight class, as fights with Devin Haney and Subriel Matias could present themselves.
“Teofimo Lopez, you better worry about them little guys that are on your backside down there in your weight class. It’s crazy every time I see you, you don’t even look my way, but when you’re in front of a camera, you got so much to say,” Crawford said