Via Dan Ambrose: Invincible Arnold Barboza Jr is pushing to fight former unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez Jr on December 10 at MSG in New York.
Barboza Jr (27-0, 10 KOs) shares the same promoter as Teofimo (17-0, 13 KOs) in Top Rs and he feels the fight makes the most sense right now for both of them .
Although Teofimo, 25, made it clear last Saturday night that his priority is to fight for the 140th belt in his next bout in December, there are no belts he can fight for. match that month.
Teofimo likely won’t face Ryan Garcia or Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis next, so Barboza, 30, feels he’s the best option for him right now.
At best, Teofimo will fight Barboza for more experience at 140 before he goes up against the lions on the team.
“There aren’t any talks yet, but hopefully, that’s the plan,” Arnold Barboza Jr told Fighthype about a fight between him and Teofimo Lopez.
“That’s what we want. I don’t think he necessarily wants the fight, but it’s the only fight that matters to him right now. Same for me. I hope they put pressure on him to fight.
“I’m not Pedro Campa, and Pedro Campa isn’t me,” Barboza said when asked why he thought Teofimo wouldn’t fight him. “I think he is the perfect opponent for him. I don’t think he’ll take it. It was too dangerous a fight for him.
“He’ll try to jump up and fight for the belt, but in reality, there were people who fought for them [the titles] or will fight for them. Honestly, no other fight means anything to him but me.
“We tried before, but he’s playing the game. That’s why I’ve been inactive for a long time. I waited for him. I won’t wait anymore. I want to fight. We will try and make it a reality. My manager is going to step in to try and make it happen.
“I think the war has to happen. At first he was always a great gentleman, but after the battle with Loma, he started saying nonsense. As a human being, he and his pop group needed to work on a lot of things,” Barboza said.