Former unified world lightweight champion, Teofimo Lopez, has down played concerns regarding his mental health as the build up towards his WBO title opportunity against Josh Taylor edges closer. The pair will mace eachother at the Madison Square Garden theater in New York in what would be a defence of Taylor’s WBO world junior welterweight title.
Lopez, who is 25 years old, has not shied away in recent years from admitting he has issues with his mental health and somthing which he talked about in a recent interview with punch drunk boxing.
The former lightweight is currently going through an divorce and commented that he is struggling in gaining access to see his son but insists that his mental health is improving and that he is at peace and that he does not have a “parasite” living at home with him anymore.
“I’m at peace, man,” Lopez told Punsh Drunk Boxing. “I don’t have a parasite sucking me dry going home. I think that’s what it was, man. People was on the run for their money now. For five years I was dealing with that. I had to learn along that way. God made me go through life. Made me go through the cycle of it. Still have my soul, still have my mind, still have my body here with me.
“Yeah, man, I’m in a great state, very great state, man."
“People will call you crazy, [say that you] can’t be too outspoken about certain things,” Lopez continued. “The most intelligent ones are [crazy], man, sorry to say. The ones very awoke in that area are really crazy, yes. When I see death, I chase it. When you see fear, you gotta say, 'I ain’t scared of you motherfucker.' Just like Bernie Mac: 'I ain’t scared of you motherfucker.'"