From the moment Teofimo Lopez made his professional debut, his calling card and claim to fame came from his ability to separate his foes from their consciousness. But as the deleterious knockout puncher attempts to get comfortable facing bigger men at 140-pounds, at least one of his more recent opponents has been left unimpressed with his supposed power.
This past weekend, in front of his adoring fans in New York’s Madison Square Garden, Lopez found himself standing across the ring from highly ranked contender, Sandor Martin.
Desperate to prove that he’s championship material in the super lightweight division, Lopez (18-1, 13 KOs) promised to end the night of his man well before the sound of the final bell. However, despite confidence oozing from his pores, Martin proved to be far more durable and elusive than Lopez had originally envisioned.
While the Spaniard was ultimately left dumbfounded by the judge's decision, an inquisitive look was etched upon his face as he discussed Lopez’s power, or, lack thereof.
“No, he don’t have the power,” said Martin during an interview with BoxingScene.com. “He don’t have the power for 140.”
Hardly known as the most violent puncher, Martin initially believed that in order to register the gigantic upset, he would need to box, move, and avoid long and drawn-out exchanges.
Nevertheless, in round two, Martin (40-3, 13 KOs) grew tired of playing matador to Lopez’s bull. So, in an effort to gain his respect, the 29-year-old planted his feet and fired, sending a stunned Lopez to the canvas. During the championship rounds, Martin would once again up his aggression, landing yet another powerful blow that saw Lopez reacquaint himself with the mat. However, luckily for Lopez, referee Ricky Gonzalez ruled his second trip to the canvas a slip.
In addition to Martin believing that Lopez’s so-called vaunted power is a tad bit overblown, the slick-hitting southpaw is convinced that Lopez’s normally iron-clad chin will be pushed to its limit against stronger opposition.
“He don’t have the power and he don’t have the chin. I’m not the hardest puncher and I knocked him down two times.”
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