Teofimo Lopez successfully returned to the ring with his latest victory over Josh Taylor. Lopez displayed a dominating performance and is now the WBO World Super Lightweight champion in professional boxing. Before Lopez locked horns with Taylor, iFL TV interviewed Bob Arum and sought his perspective on the fight. The 91-year-old expected an old-fashioned battle and assured Lopez and Taylor would not disappoint the fans.

While Arum expected an “entertaining” bout, Teofimo Lopez Sr. publicly declared that they would outbox Taylor inside the ring. In fact, he claimed his son to be the best boxer while talking to Bill Haney. Whether or not he met Arum’s expectations, with his latest performance, Lopez certainly defended his father’s statements.

While Bob Arum expected “a terrific fight” between Teofimo Lopez and Josh Taylor

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Ahead of Teofimo Lopez vs. Josh Taylor, CEO of Top Rank, Bob Arum described the bout as “a terrific fight.” He firmly believed that the duo would display an “old-fashioned tough battle.” Given the trash talks over the past weeks, Arum felt the match would be “entertaining” and delight the fans. “It’s a terrific fight. I think the fans are going to be delighted. I think they are going to see a real old-fashioned tough battle,” said Bob Arum. In this connection, he called Teofimo Lopez and Josh Taylor two great fighters in boxing.

Two great fighters. Two guys who have steamed each other up with the trash-talk. So, I think it’s going to be very entertaining,” added Arum. On being asked what a loss meant to either of the fighters at this point in their respective boxing careers, Arum replied the boxers would enter the ring “positively.” “Neither guy wants to lose. These guys are going in positively, figuring they are going to win. They are asking themselves, ‘What does a win do to my career?‘” added Arum patiently.

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Lopez defends his father’s statements

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Ahead of the fight, as Teofimo Lopez Sr. ran into Bill Haney, the former declared that they would “box the sh*t out of” Taylor on the 10th of June. Precisely, he assured that ‘The Takeover’ would break Taylor down “little by little.” True to his father’s words, Lopez Jr. outboxed Josh Taylor by landing 13 of 43 punches each round to Taylor’s only 7 of 28 punches thrown per round in the ring.

Yes, Teo still has it, as he dominated Taylor landing 13 of 43 punches per round to just 7 of 28 for Taylor, who avg’d 46 thrown in his previous 7 fights. Teo landed 40% of his power shots and had a 35-5 edge in power landed over last 2 rounds. #TaylorLopez pic.twitter.com/LKyRYMyEs5

— CompuBox (@CompuBox) June 11, 2023

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What did you think about Teofimo Lopez vs. Josh Taylor? Meanwhile, did you witness the positive mindset Arum referred to? In addition, do you believe Lopez would fight Devin Haney next in the ring? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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