Lopez: Tank Skipped 2 Divisions For C-Plus Fighter As a result of He Would not Wanna Battle Me


LAS VEGAS – It is cute.

That is Teofimo Lopez’s perspective on Gervonta Davis shifting up two divisions to problem Mario Barrios for his second WBA 140-pound championship on Saturday. The undefeated, united light-weight champion claims he is aware of the true motive Davis selected to compete in his subsequent junior welterweight bout somewhat than the light-weight class, the place he additionally holds a WBA secondary championship.

“He is doing it as a result of he would not wish to struggle me,” Lopez advised BoxingScene.com. “That’s the backside line. He skipped two divisions solely to struggle Mario Barrios who is not like that [good of a fighter]. We will say that at 140 he’s a C-Plus hunter. “

Brooklyn’s Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs), who will defend his 4 titles on August 14 towards the Australian George Kambosos Jr. (19-0, 10 KOs), doesn’t imagine Davis’ transfer from the 130-pound division is harmful as some may also understand it.

“The chance is not that nice, nevertheless it appears good on the resume, proper?” Mentioned Lopez. “The man is unbeaten, he is WBA interim world champion. It appears good. Floyd would not make errors with this man. He makes Gervonta seem like a three-time world champion when he is three-time interim world champion. Do you perceive what I am saying? Do you get the memo? I perceive how these guys transfer, you understand However with social media and everybody they purchase in as a result of they’re so small-minded that they do not see the massive image. However I do. “

Lopez is taken into account the reliable light-weight champion of the WBA. Davis holds the WBA world title within the 135 pound division, however that was vacant when he stopped Cuba’s Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-4, 18 KOs) within the twelfth spherical to win it in December 2019.

Davis additionally holds the WBA’s “tremendous” championship within the 130-pound division, however stopped Argentine Jesus Cuellar within the third spherical to win that then-vacant championship in April 2018.

Cuellar (then 28-3, 21 KOs), a former WBA featherweight champion, misplaced his 126-pound championship in his earlier struggle towards Abner Mares by 12-round cut up choice in December 2016. He additionally rose from featherweight to junior featherweight on towards Davis (24-0, 23 KOs).

If he does struggle Barrios, nonetheless, Davis will clearly be the a lot smaller fighter of their Showtime major pay-per-view occasion on the State Farm Enviornment in Atlanta. The robust southpaw is about 15 centimeters shorter than Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs), a bonus that even the skeptical Lopez admits.

“He is lots greater,” mentioned Lopez. “That is the one factor I might say. Gervonta is a bit man at 140, however he has the facility to remain in that division. It’ll be a troublesome job anyway, and it is good to see these guys do what they’re doing. It is simply that they do not step on the precise plate. You enter the third base. “

Keith Idec is a senior author / columnist for BoxingScene.com. He could be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.



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