Light-welterweight contender Arnold Barboza Jr says he told the “lying” Teofimo Lopez to “shut up” after he recently complained on Twitter that the fighters at 140 have no interest in fighting him.
The undefeated #8 WBO Barboza (26-0, 10 KOs) says they’d tried to set up a fight with Teofimo (16-1, 12 KOs), but the match didn’t get made. So instead of Teofimo facing him, he’s planning on fighting second-tier journeyman Pedro Campa on August 13th.
The former four-belt unified lightweight champion Teofimo will be fighting for the first time since losing his titles to George Kambosos Jr. last November.
That loss may have taken something out of Teofimo mentally, making him vulnerable to almost anyone at 140.
Teofimo, 24, is moving up in weight to 140 rather than staying at 135 to try and avenge his loss to Kambosos. It’s unclear why Teofimo isn’t fighting Barboza, as he was a fighter that he was rumored to be facing in his debut at 140.
It’s possible that Teofimo or his team decided that Barboza was too risky of a fight for him after his long layoff and his defeat against Kambosos.
Barboza is arguably a better fighter than Kambosos, so it’s understandable why Teofimo would choose not to fight him in his first bout at light-welterweight.