Teofimo Lopez hasn’t been at his absolute best recently but his trainer, Stephen Edwards wants him to improve drastically if he wants to be named among the modern greats.
Earlier this month, Lopez got away with a controversial split-decision win over Sandor Martin at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Many onlookers thought Martin had done enough to win the fight but the judges went the other way, awarding Lopez the win.
After the fight, the boxing junkies raised questions about whether Lopez had what it takes to be successful at 140 or not. Lopez clearly wasn’t comfortable facing Martin as he struggled to connect with anything significant.
Now the former lightweight champ has another tough opponent waiting as Regis Prograis has been announced as his possible next opponent.
Trainer Stephen Edwards believes Lopez needs to turn things quickly before it gets out of his hands. Edwards admitted Lopez’s performance against Martin wasn’t up to mark and that he will have to be at his absolute best if he wants to get past Prograis.
“I would favor Regis right now because based on current form, but I can’t say Teofimo can’t beat him. Regis is an excellent fighter, but anybody can lose. It’s going to be a tough fight right now, but this is what boxing is.” said Stephen ‘Breadman’ Edwards to Fighthype.
“Let’s see what he’s made of. Boxing is more than just talent. It’s willpower, it’s the ability to overcome obstacles, and the ability to block out what everyone is saying”.