HomeBoxingArum says Teofimo Lopez will probably be preventing on PPV when he returns to Prime Rank ⋆ Boxing Information 24
Arum says Teofimo Lopez will probably be preventing on PPV when he returns to Prime Rank ⋆ Boxing Information 24
March 29, 2021
By Matt Lieberman: Bob Arum doesn’t agree with undisputed light-weight champion Teofimo Lopez’s choice to hurry instantly into solely preventing on pay-per-view at this early stage in his profession, however he’s going to provide him his want when he returns to Prime Rank and ESPN after his subsequent battle in opposition to George Kambosos Jr on Triller.
Though Prime Rank promoter Arum disagrees with the 23-year-old Teofimo preventing on PPV this early in his profession, he’s going t give him his want.
Arum prefers that Teofimo construct his fan base by preventing on free tv on ESPN earlier than branching over to the pay-per-view area. Nonetheless, the New Yorker feels that he’s well-liked sufficient after his win over Vasily Lomachenko and Richard Commey to now be a bonified PPV star.
After Teofimo’s battle in opposition to his IBF necessary Kambosos, Arum says Teo will return to Prime Rank, who he’s nonetheless beneath contract for the following 3+ years, and he’ll look to match him in opposition to the absolute best 135-pounder.
Arum says doesn’t suppose he can match Teofimo in opposition to the winner of the Might twenty second battle between IBF/WBA mild welterweight champion Josh Taylor and WBC/WBO champ Jose Ramirez, although, because the winner of that battle should defend in opposition to #1 WBO Jack Catterall subsequent.
“You must perceive there comes a time when a child has actually carried out effectively and will get some notoriety; he instantly believes he ought to be a pay-per-view attraction.
“I’m conservative about that. I believe they want extra publicity on free tv to essentially construct them up as a pay-per-view attraction, however they suppose in any other case.
“It’s his profession, and his father [Teofimo Sr] says he solely desires to be in pay-per-view fights. So sink or swim, we’re [Top Rank and ESPN] going to place him in pay-per-view fights. I simply suppose it’s somewhat untimely,” mentioned Arum.
Teofimo and his dad/coach Lopez Sr appear to really feel they know all of it, which is somewhat disturbing, as they’ve not been within the enterprise so long as Arum. In the end, it’s as much as Teofimo if he desires to solely battle on pay-perv-view.
Floyd Mayweather Jr wasn’t a pay-per-view fighter at 23, and he clearly had extra expertise than Teofimo. The identical with Manny Pacquiao.
Teofimo’s choice to solely battle on pay-per-view may harm his profession, as many informal boxing followers gained’t ever see him battle.
They’re not going to need to shell out $70 to see Teofimo battle on ESPN PPV in the event that they’ve by no means seen him earlier than.
What Teofimo and his father are relying on is the followers that did see him on common ESPN in opposition to the likes of Richard Commey and Masayoshi Nakatani; they’d need to pay to see him battle on pay-per-view.
It’s a bet on Teofimo’s half, and it may blow up in his face if his fights routinely usher in poor PPV numbers.
At that time, Teofimo might want to resolve whether or not to regular non-PPV or stubbornly stick it out on pay-per-view and hope that sometime followers will need to pay to observe him battle.
Teo desires Haney or Ryan Garcia after Kambosos
“I’m rooting for him to win; he’s my fighter. Why wouldn’t I be rooting for him to win?” mentioned Arum when requested if he’ll be rooting for Teofimo to win in his subsequent battle in opposition to George Kambosos Jr within the Triller-promoted occasion on June fifth.
“He’s [Teofimo] going to win straightforward, I believe,” mentioned Arum in predicting a simple victory for Lopez in opposition to his IBF necessary Kambosos on June fifth.
“However once more, after this battle, his contract continues with Prime Rank for one more 3+ years.”
Teofimo most likely gained’t like to listen to Arum’s remark about him nonetheless being beneath contract with Prime Rank for one more 3+ years after his battle with Kambosos Jr, as he’s speaking about leaving the corporate.
Teo appears to suppose he’ll have the ability to break the contract with Prime Rank as a result of them failing to provide him the cash he needed for his necessary protection in opposition to Kambosos Jr, which went to a handbag bid.
If Teofimo fails to flee his contract with Prime Rank, he’s acquired plenty of time left with them.
It’ll be as much as Teofimo if he desires to go the Mikey Garcia route and sit inactive for 2 or three years or if he’ll take the mature grownup strategy by honoring his contract.
Hopefully, Teofimo doesn’t sulk if he isn’t allowed to stroll away from the remaining years on his contract with Prime Rank.
“By all means, my plan is to get him the absolute best opponent and put him in a pay-per-view battle,” mentioned Arum about his plans for Teofimo’s subsequent battle after he defends in opposition to Kambosos.
“Certain, however I don’t suppose that’s what he’s seeking to do,” Arum mentioned when requested if Teofimo’s subsequent battle on ESPN pay-per-view will probably be in opposition to Vasily Lomachenko in a rematch. ”
“He desires to battle a man like [Devin] Haney or a man like [Ryan] Garcia, in order that’s what we’ll attempt to organize,” Arum mentioned.
With Teofimo’s choice to ONLY battle on pay-per-view for the rest of his profession, it signifies that Prime Rank must put him in solely in opposition to well-liked fighters like Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis, or Vasily Lomachenko.
If Teofimo is unable to barter the fights with these guys as a result of his purse calls for or too excessive, he gained’t be preventing them.
It was greater than somewhat troubling to listen to Teofimo Sr say that he desires $10 million for the Haney battle. If that’s the type of cash that Teofimo would require for him to battle Haney, Tank, or Ryan Garcia, none of these fights will get made, ever.
Taylor vs. Ramirez winner gained’t be obtainable
“He [Teofimo] actually desires to battle the winner of [Jose] Ramirez and [Josh] Taylor, which is Might twenty second,” Arum mentioned. “However there’s a dedication that every man has with the WBO to battle this English man, [Jack] Catterall.
“So, I don’t suppose Teofimo will need to wait round and be out of motion for that lengthy. So we’re going to match him in opposition to the most effective light-weight round.
“I believe finally there’s reality to it, however the winner has a dedication to battle this Catterall child from the UK,” Arum mentioned when requested if the winner of the Jose Ramirez vs. Josh Taylor battle will probably be transferring as much as 147 after they battle.
“After which the start of subsequent yr, the winner [of Taylor vs. Ramirez] will transfer as much as problem [WBO welterweight champion] Terence [Crawford],” mentioned Arum.
It appears like Teofimo might want to wait till 2022 earlier than he can face the winner o the Josh Taylor vs. Jose Ramirez battle, and even that, it’s not a certainty.