Through Dan Ambrose: Teofimo Lopez has revealed he is considering adding coach Eddy Reynoso to his coaching staff to work with him and his father.
Former IBF/WBA/WBC Franchise/WBO lightweight champion Teofimo (16-1, 12 KOs) says he likes the “connection” with Reynoso, who trains Canelo Alvarez.
Joining Reynoso will give the recently beaten 24-year-old Teofimo plenty of media exposure, even without a fight.
Teofimo is coming off a loss to the unheralded George Kambosos Jr. on Nov. 27, and he’s now up to 140 in his next contest in May.
Reacting to the news that Ryan Garcia has parted ways with Reynoso as coach and will now be coached by Joe Goosen, Teofimo thinks he could bring about King Ry’s switch. In other words, Ryan wouldn’t want to train at the same gym and trainer as Teofimo in 2022.
Teofimo talks about joining Reynoso’s gym
“Maybe it’s because of some news they said about me and Eddy Reynoso,” Teofimo Lopez told News why Ryan Garcia chose to part ways with Reynoso as coach and move on to Joe Goosen.
“To be continued,” said Teofimo when asked if it was true that he was going to be coached by Reynoso. “He is [a great coach]. I like the connection. I spoke to Canelo several times.
“Yeah, we’ll see. My father, he will always be my main trainer, my number one, my guy. I will always maintain it for him,” Teofimo said.
Many boxing fans criticized the corner job Teofimo Sr. did in Teo’s loss to Kambosos Jr.
Some of them felt that Teofimo Sr. failed to follow the concrete instructions Teo had to follow to win the fight as he struggled with Kambosos’ boxing skills, cunning and energy.
Reynoso would arguably be an improvement over Teofimo’s father as a coach. Still, it’s debatable whether he’ll be able to improve it enough to topple undisputed light-welterweight champion Josh Taylor at 140.
Reynoso is good at picking his opponents which won’t help Teofimo in any meaningful way as he can’t deflect the talented opposition at 140 if he wants to become a superstar.
Kambosos should fight Haney next
“Anything man wants to do. He can do whatever he wants,” Teofimo said when asked if he believed four-belt lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. would face Devin Haney, Vasily Lomachenko or Ryann Garcia next.
“The one I want him to fight is Haney. He’s been talking a lot for a long time. I think they just need to talk about it and make the fight happen,” Teofimo said.
It doesn’t look like WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) will be Kambosos’ next opponent.
According to Kambosos promoter Lou DiBella, they have dropped the idea of fighting Haney and are going in a different direction.
Ryan Garcia could be the next foe as he now faces DiBella-promoted fighter Emmanuel Tagoe in a tune-up on April 9 in San Antonio, Texas.
On Rolly Romero being cleared of the allegations
” It was time. People need to relax about that,” Teofimo said while speaking to Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero, being cleared of the allegations made about him and now set to challenge WBA lightweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis next.
“I was someone who vouched for Rolly. Yeah, people thought it was wrong, but I know Rolly. I know him personally, and he’s not like that,” Teofimo said.
Teo likes Canelo against Jermall Charlo for May
“Canelo-Charlo, I like that,” Teofimo said when asked who Canelo Alvarez should fight next on May 7 between light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol or WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo.
“I like this [Charlo] fight for the boxing world and the fans. I think it’s a good fight for Canelo. I’m a huge fan of both, so I have respect for that,” Teo added.
Teofimo expects to fight in May
“I should be back in May. I have to have surgery now with Dr. [Neal ElAttrache]. He’s an LA Rams surgeon. So I really can’t. I have to wait for them to finish their thing. Then we get surgery and come back,” Teofimo said.