American boxer Teofimo Lopez revealed why he refused to fight former interim WBC lightweight champion Ryan Garcia.
Teofimo Lopez said in an interview with Boxing News' YouTube channel:
When you’re the best, when you are the guy, when you bring major sponsors, endorsements, big major business deals, when you offer me a 1.5 [million dollars] stake in the piece—f--k you. So yeah I declined the offer.
Lopez last fought against Josh Taylor in June of this year. In that fight, Teofimo won by unanimous decision of the judges. He has 19 wins (13 by knockout) and one loss on his record in professional boxing.
Garcia's last fight was against Gervonta Davis in April this year in Las Vegas. In this confrontation, Ryan suffered a defeat by technical knockout in the seventh round. He has 23 wins (19 by knockout) and one defeat on his record.WBC Champion Jermall Charlo Defeats Jose Benavidez Lamont Roach Defeats Hector Garcia To Become WBA Champion Katie Taylor Defeats Chantelle Cameron To Become Undisputed Light-Welterweight Champion