Former unified world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is obviously a huge fan of the current IBF lightweight king Teofimo Lopez.
The 22-year-old won the IBF strap this past December when he KO’d Richard Commey in the second round of their bout in New York. Going into the fight, the unified lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko predicted that Commey will be the one getting his hand raised, but Lopez landed some brutal punches in the first two rounds.
Now Loma and Lopez are on the course of signing a deal that will make them fight each other in April or May. The Ukrainian superstar is regarded as the huge favorite to win it all, but Fury thinks that won’t be the case at all.
“Let me tell you; Richard Commey is a very good fighter, and I’m a big fan of him as well,” said Fury to IFL TV.
“Little Teofimo just walked right through him. He’s the biggest little tiny man I’ve seen in my life. And he’s a heavyweight on midget legs. He’s got two legs like that [Fury points to the lower part of his leg from knee to feet], and he’s got my size body.
“And he’s the biggest little man I’ve ever seen,” continued Fury about Teofimo.”And he’s the biggest heavyweight on the planet, barring nobody, and I’ve got to back what he says. There isn’t any 135 or 140-pounder that can beat him. No Lomachenkos or nobody, because he’s a heavyweight on two tiny legs with speed and power,” said Fury about Lopez.
“He probably hits harder than me as a featherweight,” said Fury in further complimenting Lopez. ‘I seem really high on him. I’ve got good reasons. He’s a good little fighter, he believes in himself, he’s got knockout power, and he’ll fight anybody. And he’s been calling for the Lomachenko fight for the past 4 or 5 fights, and he’s only had a few fights. He’s 21-years-old. He’s had all these amateur fights, and he knows what he’s doing.
“And he’s got his dad behind him, and like his dad, he’s very confident,” said Fury in talking about Teofimo and his father/trainer. “I know his dad tries to get him to talk a bit more, and maybe he should listen. No one gets anywhere from being Mr. quiet, and now it’s time calling out Lomachenko properly and putting on people. That’s an exciting division,” said Fury.