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  William Silva: "Teofimo Lopez
Believes His Own Hype"

By Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez


William Silva (25-1, 14 KO’s) will be challenging Teofimo Lopez (9-0, 7 KO’s) for World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas Title on Saturday, July 14th, at Lakefront Arena on the campus of the University of New Orleans (UNO), in the co-Main event of Regis “Rougarou” Prograis vs. Juan Jose Velasco will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN.

Silva hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil fights out of Plant City, Florida and has the biggest fight of his career on the horizon as he will be facing the blue-chipper Teofimo Lopez, whom his well known trainer and father Junior Lopez calls the most talent fighter he has ever worked with his son. Add in promotional giant Bob Arum with Top Rank, Inc. and it would seem that the general feeling is that Silva is just supposed to be another victim.

Silva, of course, has other plans “Lopez has fought mostly guys expecting to lose. That is not my mentality, I have been here before, I have been the heavy underdog many times and fought guys that 100% thought they were going to win like López does.”

Silva has indeed been in this scenario before “My first loss against Felix Verdejo tells the story of why I will beat Teofimo Lopez.”

Silva coming off my big victory over Rogelio Casarez went the full twelve round distance in a unanimous decision winning the IBO Continental Lightweight Title and the NBA World Lightweight Title back in March 2018 put him in a position to get this opportunity from his Promoter Jody Caliguire from Fire Fist Boxing Promotions.

Silva pulls no punches in saying that he will be victorious over the highly touted Lopez saying “I expect Lopez to be favorite.

“I’m not one of the golden boys in front of the big lights but that is my drive because I want to show people that anyone can become champion and anyone can overcome the odds. “

“Teofimo Lopez thinks he has already won, he believes his own hype and thinks he is untouchable but I know otherwise.” The trash talking is not my thing, I focus on when the bell rings fight night and going my job”


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