Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted on DAZN.com.
Teofimo Lopez does not hold back when discussing the impact of 2021 on him.
The world’s top lightweight athlete intended to spend the year active as much as possible, but many circumstances beyond his control prevented him from continuing his career after being honored. is the best boxer of 2020.
Warned by Triller’s inability to make a mandatory defense against George Kambosos Jr combined with enduring the impact of COVID-19, the past 13 months have been turbulent for the Brooklyn boxer. At 24 years old and time spent making up for lost time, Lopez remains optimistic despite some disappointments.
“I should have retired,” Lopez joked DAZN, a smile plastered on his face as he reflected on the most recent period of his young career. “For you, it’s a year, for me, a boxer, it’s like five or 10 years. Everything worked out the way it was supposed to, and I still believe in the process.
“I would certainly prefer it to fight more this year and that is the goal, to fight two or three times this year, but things still happen. I got COVID, [Triller] postponed the war several times. Here I am now, it’s fight week and I will make sure that 2022 is my year. ”
With frustration overwhelming and real behind him, Lopez’s focus stretches as he learns he has the potential to hit multiple super fights over the next few years. The first is the Kambosos, and although the Australian doesn’t own the record of Gervonta Davis or Ryan Garcia, the challenger is confident.
Lopez insisted that his impending opponent would not make it past the first round.
“I can move momentum when I need to and that’s a big part of my arsenal,” he said. “I am looking forward to seeing what this guy can do. I’m looking forward to a one-round fight. I honestly don’t think this fight will pass in the first round.
“I’ll be honest with you. I’ve prevented partners from fighting head and body. I’m praying it’s worse than the fight with Mason Menard.”
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