New opponent for Teofimo Lopez

ESPN has announced that Jose Pedraza is out due to a non-COVID illness and Mikey Garcia-conqueror Sandor Martin (40-2, 13 KOs) will replace him against former undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez (17-1, 13 KOs). The bout will take place on December 10 in the main arena of Madison Square Garden in New York City. ESPN will televise.

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  • Presuming he’s been training, Martin might just be a better opponent. He’s 29, in his prime and he hasn’t lost a fight in five years. Definitely a step up for him, but let’s see what he has. Pedraza’s out so, hopefully, next year they rematch him with Richard Commey. Would love to see that again.

    • I agree Lucie. This Martin maybe the upset king. I think he is a live dog!! I expect he will come to win as he has proven he does not stick to the script. I would have liked to see Mikey fight Lopez but it was not meant to be!

      • Mikey – Lopez would have been interesting when Mikey was at his best, but I think Mikey’s heart had probably been out of it for the last 2-3 years of his career.

  • I’m thinking that Lopez will have no respect for Martin’s power and march right thru him….

  • Mickey Garcia wasn’t a step up for Sandor, it was a jump instead, and he passed the test with flying colors. Teofimo will have to be careful with Sandor, because even though he doesn’t have an intimidating punching power, his timing and accuracy are along with a fearless array of skills, excellent replacement dough

  • Interesting matchup! I actually think Martin is a far better opponent! Teo better train for the distance! This is going to be a must watch for me now!!

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