Former unified lightweight champ and current top junior welterweight contender, Teofimo Lopez has some thoughts on WBC junior welterweight champ Regis Prograis. He recently took time on social media to share his theories on the fighting/financial strategy of the defending champ…and he left some scratching their heads with his hypothesis.
“A lot of these fighters, especially in this era and after the COVID times. He’s talking reckless in this sense because to him, he had a mandatory in Jose Ramirez, and that was a 65-35 percent cut, right?” Lopez said via live social media feed, referring to Prograis and Prograis’ recent troubles in signing a title defense against former champ and no. 1 contender Ramirez.
“Regis Prograis gets 65% of it, and Jose Ramirez gets 35. He [Ramirez] opted out; he didn’t want to take it because you’re probably going to lose 600 to 750,000 dollars worth going into that fight.
“See, I’m not that kind. I just take fights. Do you know what I mean? That’s just who I am. I’m here for the glory. The same thing I had to do, I had to take. I took basically a million-point-two off when I fought Vasyl Lomachenko, who was arguably the best fighter and pound-for-pound great at that time.
“I could have made with that fight. I should have got 2.5 million for that fight. They didn’t give me that. So they gave me my minimum, which was 1.2, and that’s after the fight going up against someone like that for all the belts. It’s all about the glory. I mean, from my side.
“So, I think Regis is kind of comfortable. He feels like no one is going to want to take that chance. Fighters that are in the top 10 or the top 5 because they want to get paid more. But you got to understand; you’ve still got to make your stripes.
“You still got to build it. You still got to make that. What is the principle of all this? At least for me, when I saw Gerry Gooney fight George Foreman and all these other great champions, it was all about the glory. You want to become a world champion, the top of the world.
“So yeah, I’m shaking my head because this guy [Prograis] is just getting comfortable because he feels like no one is going to want to fight him. So he’s going to fight someone that is going to be volunteering to face [him]. Someone probably in the top 15, someone that people probably don’t even know.
“I think he’s getting real comfortable, and that’s why he’s calling out Ryan Garcia, myself, and all that because he thinks in himself that no one is going to want to take a 35% cut.”
Prograis, now a two-time junior welterweight world champ, has been all over the place in recent weeks, having online beef with Jose Ramirez, Ryan Garcia, Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz, and Teofimo Lopez, hoping to book a world title defense against an opponent with big name value for high-end exposure and a high-end payday. So far, the New Orleans native has yet to find that willing challenger.
Upon hearing Teofimo Lopez’s theory on all things Prograis, the champ took to Twitter with a short, succinct response.
“Dude just be talking in circles,” Prograis tweeted. “Fight me and I’ll show you how comfortable I am.”
As things stand right now, neither Prograis nor Lopez have opponents lined up in the immediate future. Jose Ramirez, meanwhile, will be taking on Richard Commey on March 25 and Ryan Garcia is still tied to a bout with Gervonta “Tank” Davis on April 15.