Teofimo Lopez showed a glimpse of vulnerability on camera, years before conquering the world, and Janelson Figueroa Bocachica is happy to recall how he toppled the sport’s pound-for-pound star. Lopez is recognised as the finest lightweight on the planet after he masterfully defeated Vasiliy Lomachenko on points to unify the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
“The Teofimo sparring video happened after two rounds of sparring with a 200lb team-mate he had that I stopped in two rounds, and a full day of working out,” Figueroa said. “He called me out due to what I did to his team-mate and I came back and did what the world has seen. I know Teo personally and after the knockout, Teo wants nothing to do with me. He can say what he wants, but he doesn’t want to see me again. I don’t consider it (the knockdown) to mean anything other than that my power is there and that his punches do not faze me. He’s a kid to me and always will be, even though he is older than me.”
“You will be seeing the best performance yet,” he added. “The better the opponent, the better I perform. Every punch he throws will be responded by a barrage of punches from me. 2021 is my year and anyone they put in front of me will tell you the same.”
“I’ve never heard of Conor, but I would gladly share the ring with either,” he said. “Will they be open to fight me is the real question? I will travel to wherever the money is at. You can see me there.”