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Teofimo Lopez puts Terence Crawford on blast

Teofimo Lopez. Photo credit: Sky Sports

Former undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez 17-1 (13) has given WBO welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 38-0 (29) a spray for failing to secure a unification bout with WBC, WBA and IBF 147-pound champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22).

Crawford and Spence were recently in discussions for their highly anticipated all-southpaw battle before negotiations fell apart last month.

Instead, the 35-year-old Crawford will now defend his title against former European welterweight champion David Avanesyan 29-3-1 (17) at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska on December 10. Spence, 32, does not currently have a fight lined up.

Lopez, who moved up to junior welterweight in August to score a seventh-round knockout of Pedro Campa 34-2-1 (23), blames ego for the fight failing to come to fruition.

“There’s too much ego. These guys have too much ego,” Lopez said to FightHype. “I don’t know who has more ego in this one, though. I don’t know if it’s Spence or Crawford. Crawford, I think he has too much pride. I think he’s fucking up his own bag by doing that, so badly.”

Crawford appears unfazed by the criticism he has copped for failing to secure a career defining fight since moving up to welterweight four years ago.

“I used to always care so much what the fans think and what they say,” former undisputed junior welterweight champion Crawford said in interview on The Good Fight With Kate Abdo. “But as I got older, I realised you can’t please them all. No matter what you do, no matter who you beat, no matter how many fights you win, no matter how many divisions you conquer, there’s gonna be fans that don’t like you for their own personal reasons.”

Crawford continued: “If I leave the sport and not being able to accomplish becoming undisputed at 147, it doesn’t hinder me or make me feel any way because I already did it before. I know how it feels. Errol Spence, he don’t know what it feels like to have all the belts on him. He don’t know what it feels like to be the only champion in the division.”

That didn’t sit well with Lopez.

“[I saw an interview with him saying he] doesn’t need to be undisputed at 147 because, basically, he’s done it at 140,” Lopez said. “I just smacked my face, like, I don’t think you kind of get it. It’s not about doing it once. It’s about doing it multiple times so no one else can do it. Look at Claressa Shields, a three-time undisputed world champion in three different divisions, and the girl is still going. It’s that type of mentality.

“So you know what? I don’t even care because these guys aren’t going to fight, obviously, because they have their own reasons, their own pride, their own ego, and once I go to 147, you guys aren’t going to have that mistake.”