Ryan Garcia’s father, Henry Garcia, rejects Teofimo Lopez’s position that he’s the undisputed “king” of the lightweight division.
Lopez catapulted his standing at the weight in 2020, when he picked up a twelve round unanimous decision over Vasiliy Lomachenko to unify the WBC Franchise, WBA, IBF, WBO titles at the MGM Grand’s Conference Center in Las Vegas.
Lopez believes his victory over Lomachenko, combined with his win over Richard Commey, should make him the king of the division.
Garcia’s father disagrees with that viewpoint, because he feels Lomachenko is not a true lightweight and is actually a 130-pounder.
Lomachenko and his handlers have discussed the possibility of dropping back to super featherweight.
If Lopez defeats Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia – then Henry Garcia will call him the “king” at 135.
“I give credit to everybody, I give credit to Teofimo, although he shouldn’t say that he’s the king of lightweights,” Henry Garcia told Pro Boxing Fans..
“I know he beat Lomachenko, but think about it, Lomachenko is actually a 130-pounder, he’s a junior lightweight, he’s not a true lightweight.
“A true lightweight rehydrates to 143, 144 easily, almost to welterweight, so there’s no way a junior lightweight can rehydrate to a junior welterweight or a welterweight actually. You can to a junior welterweight but not welterweight, because you have to have the height in order to consider yourself like king and you’ve got to beat everybody.
“So if Teofimo beats Haney, if he beats Tank and if he beats Ryan, then I’m going to say you are the king and same goes for Ryan, if Ryan beats Tank, Haney and Teofimo, then he’s the king and it goes on an on, but do not call yourself the king unless you’ve beaten everybody.”
Garcia made his own statement on January 2nd, when he got off the floor to score a knockout over Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campbell in the seventh round – which gave him the WBC’s interim-title at 135-pounds.