New WBA, WBO, IBF and The Ring Champion Teofimo Lopez Demands Respect2 min read
After the great victory against Vasyl “Matrix” Lomachenko, Teofimo Lopez leashed out at the media demanding “his damn respect”.
Teofimo Lopez convincingly won against Lomachenko in a match dominated since the first round. Lopez was definitely the underdog in the last Saturday night match in Las Vegas won by unanimous decision. Lopez, American from Brooklyn, not only retained the IBF belt but also won the WBA, WBO and The Ring lightweight title remaining undefeated.
However, during the post-match press conference and, later on, on the way to the hotel, Lopez leashed out at the media. Here-below, we report the transcript of his outburst.
“You know, a lot of people were talking about that. You know, my team, everybody throughout the whole week was talking about the fact that I’m gonna be a big superstar after winning and beating him. But I didn’t listen to that because… I was promised a lot of things endorsement-wise after beating [Richard] Commey, becoming the world champion, winning my first world title at Madison Square Garden. So, I don’t think anybody is going to tune in on that.
“I don’t think anybody wants to sponsor me, man. It’s fine, though. I’mma say that if it comes, it comes, and I am thankful for it. I don’t know why man. I don’t know. Am I doing something wrong? I feel like that’s probably what I am doing. I am doing something wrong. But it’s okay.
“Why is that, though? Can I ask you guys that? Why is it? I do all I can. No one gives me my fair share. When is it gonna be enough for ya’ll? Honestly, I do a lot. I do a lot. It’s like it ain’t even enough… You know why? That’s why I don’t — nothing in life is promised.”
“You guys made me stronger, so I thank you for it. Understand this, I am tired of this sh*t. Give me my damn respect, that’s it. All right? And I thank you guys. I am gonna end with that. I appreciate each and every one of you guys tuning in, but come on man, give me a break, yo?”