As Teofimo Lopez prepares for his fight against Jamaine Ortiz, an out-of-the-blue weigh-in appearance from Terence Crawford turned the heads of those in attendance, and the arguable pound-for-pound number one made his feelings towards Lopez clear.
Crawford announced himself as a superstar and a generational talent when he extended his unbeaten record to 40-0 with a long-awaited win over Errol Spence Jr back in July. Ever since, ‘Bud’ has struggled to secure a fight, with Spence’s activation of their rematch clause throwing a spanner in the works, only for Spence to later essentially rule himself out of an immediate second fight after having cataract surgery.
One man who has offered his services to Crawford is Teofimo Lopez, who questioned the recent plaudits of Crawford, claiming that his best wins have been against handicapped fighters.
However, before ‘The Takeover’ can move up to 147lbs, he must first get past Jamaine Ortiz, who he fights tonight as Super Bowl weekend gets underway.
At the weigh-in, Crawford made a shock appearance and made a beeline for the stage, ignoring questions from the media before responding when he heard Lopez’s name mentioned, in a moment captured by Fight Hub TV.
“Man, f**k Teo!”
Crawford has responded to Lopez’ call-outs and suggested that he is always acting up for the cameras, but has nothing to say when he is stood face-to-face with the unified welterweight champion, possibly explaining why ‘Bud’ pulled up to the weigh-in.
Lopez will face Ortiz on Thursday 8 February, topping a bill which also features a tough test for hot prospect, Keyshawn Davis, who takes on two-division world champion, Jose Pedraza.