Teofimo Lopez insists he is in a better place in his life than he has been in a long time.
The 140-pound contender from Brooklyn, New York, was asked in a recent interview to respond to claims about the seemingly shaky state of his mental health, a topic that has repeatedly cropped up in relation to the fighter for the past several years.
Lopez, 25, stated that he is doing better than ever in that regard, as he looks to challenge WBO 140-pound titlist Josh Taylor of Scotland on June 10 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Lopez hinted that a key factor in helping him improve his mental health is his ongoing divorce with his wife, Cynthia. The couple were married in 2019. In the same interview, Lopez lamented that his wife would not let him see their baby son.
“I’m at peace, man,” Lopez told Punsh Drunk Boxing. “I don’t have a parasite sucking me dry going home. I think that’s what it was, man. People was on the run for their money now. For five years I was dealing with that. I had to learn along that way. God made me go through life. Made me go through the cycle of it. Still have my soul, still have my mind, still have my body here with me.
“Yeah, man, I’m in a great state, very great state, man."
“People will call you crazy, [say that you] can’t be too outspoken about certain things,” Lopez continued. “The most intelligent ones are [crazy], man, sorry to say. The ones very awoke in that area are really crazy, yes. When I see death, I chase it. When you see fear, you gotta say, 'I ain’t scared of you motherf-----.' Just like Bernie Mac: 'I ain’t scared of you motherf-----.'"
Sean Nam is the author of Murder on Federal Street: Tyrone Everett, the Black Mafia, and the Last Golden Age of Philadelphia Boxing.