TEOFIMO LOPEZ is looking to end his relationship with Top Rank – just four months after his stunning victory over Vasily Lomachenko.
The unified lightweight champion has been at loggerheads with his promoter due to their refusal to meet his demands to face George Kambosos Jr.
Teofimo Lopez is looking to leave Top Rank boxigCredit: Getty
Teofimo Lopez believes it’s time to leave Bob Arum’s stableCredit: Getty
Unable to reach a deal with Top Rank, a frustrated Lopez took his mandatory bout with Kambosos Jr to a purse bid – which was won last week by Triller.
And The Takeover hopes to part ways with veteran promoter Bob Arum as soon as possible.
During an appearance on Sirius XM radio, Lopez said: “Yeah, I see myself within maybe this fight or my next fight, I’ll be a free agent.
“There’s so much proof for me to get out of this Top Rank contract that they gave me the golden ticket.
“Todd DuBoef gave me the golden ticket by doing so. They already dug a bigger hole than they needed to.”
Lopez, 23, has lofty ambitions of starting his own boxing promotion.
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He added: “The Takeover Promotions will be in effect and it’ll be Takeover Promotions times a network, God willing and that’s what I’m looking forward to.
“ESPN, PBC, Triller, the list could go on and on. DAZN, I mean there’s so many guys and I know that I bring all that to the platform.”
The American bears no ill will towards his current promoters but believes his career will be better served if they part ways.
He said: “They need to get their big boy pants on because I don’t see them getting out of this one. I just don’t.
“I’m a young fighter, but I’m someone that has never been disrespectful to anyone.
“For Top Rank, I love everything they’ve done for me. It’s hard to go this way, but hey, I wish them nothing but the best.
Teofimo Lopez is set to face George Kambosos Jr (L) nextCredit: MATCHROOM BOXING
“We’ll go our separate ways, and we go from there. I think this is great for the sport, and this is great for myself and my career.
“It sucks that it had to go this way, but it’s good that there’s a way out.
“There’s a Plan-B. I’ll be in LA this week to meet with Ryan Kavanaugh [of Triller], a guy that actually has faith in me.”
Lopez is hoping to have a busy 2021, setting his sights on three outings this year.
He said: “I’m shooting for May, sometime in the summer, and then at the end of the year.
“I’ll be a free agent, and we can make those types of fights happen as well.
“I’m hearing May 29th on Triller in the main event, and then we can look for the co-main attraction and so on and so forth.
“I think we’re talking about Miami, Florida. Dallas, Texas could be another thing.”
Unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez is hoping to fight three times this yearCredit: Getty
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