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Teofimo Lopez demands apology from Regis Prograis, expects easy night against Sandor Martin

Bob Arum with Teofimo Lopez

Former unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez 17-1 (12) is expecting to make easy work of Sandor Martin 40-2 (13) when they meet in a 10-round junior welterweight clash at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night.

“It’s not difficult.” Lopez told FightHubTV. “I’ve been in the sport for 21 years and I’ve faced the best fighter and one of the smartest guys as a southpaw in Vasily Lomachenko. Look what I did to him.”

“No matter who is in front of me, I’m going to beat them. I’m going to find a way. Regis Prograis, you’re going to get this work. Don’t worry about it. It’s all about being focused on Sandor Martin.”

Southpaw Prograis 28-1 (24) claimed the vacant WBC 140-pound title with an 11th round knockout of Jose Zepeda 35-3 (27) late last month.

Lopez, 25, admitted his team watch the fight and can see a bout between himself and Prograis in the future – but only if the two-time world champion apologies first.

“My team did, my father did,” Lopez said. “Did I want to watch the fight? I did. That’s exactly how I expected it to be.

“How do I become a two-time undisputed champion? It’s interesting. How are these guys world champions and they’re calling me out? I’m not even a world champion in this division yet, but I will be.

“You’re in my division now. It’s competition and currency. How are you going to say you’re going to put me in the hospital? I get it. It’s terms, but I almost lost my life last year because of that.

“It’s off the table. If someone has to go, it’s not going to be me. If you’re going to talk your shit, know what you’re talking before you talk it.

“I nearly lost my life because of that. For what? Because of the fans? Nah, it don’t work that way no more. But if you want to apologise, go ahead. Then we could figure things out differently. But until then, it ain’t not friendship.

“Anyone at 140, I don’t care who you are. You are in my division. If you want to take me to the morgue, I’m ready to go to the morgue. I’m ready. I don’t got nothing to lose.

“I lost everything and I still gained it all back. So did I really lose? I don’t need these guys. They need me. That’s a fact. Do you know why these guys are so mad? If you guys need help in how to talk to the camera, I can help you. I’ve got notes.

“I’ve got gems that I write on. I have scriptures here. I could teach these guys the game and how to carry so they have sponsors right behind them. But right now, I have a job and objectives to do, and that’s to become a two-time undisputed world champion and in two different divisions.

“I’m not overlooking Sandor Martin. This guy has 40 wins and two losses. He’s not a big puncher, but he finds a way to win. He’s from Spain, the number one guy in Spain and Europe, all of Europe, really.

“I’m looking forward to putting on a show and showing him good job beating Mikey Garcia, but you’re in a whole another dog mess with me.

“It’s also leading by example. How do I lead by example? By showing that I want to be heard. I don’t want them to listen to me anymore. The only way it’s going to be heard is when I hurt Sandor Martin on December 10th and it’s all lights out for him.”