Coaching veteran Jorge Rubio was not surprised by the sensational victory of Teofimo Lopez in a duel with Vasily Lomachenko, since a few years ago the Cuban specialist personally observed the sparring sessions of the reigning undisputed lightweight champion with such veterans as Guillermo Rigondo and Luc Campbell.
“I’ve known him for a long time. And I knew what he was capable of, given what he did with Luke Campbell and Guillermo Rigondeau, because from a young age he liked to spar with experienced and skilled fighters. He was physically and emotionally ready for this fight.
Thanks to his hunger and his passion, he managed to hypnotize Lomachenko in the early rounds with jabs and body hooks. He had a very good plan, and yet he did not allow himself to break down under the weight of great responsibility. And it speaks very eloquently about his maturity. “
Rubio noted that Lopez impressed him with his work in sparring with Rigondo, who at that time was already the world champion.
“He did very well, I was impressed,” Rubio said. “Sparring with Luke was also good, full of tension, all when he was about 16 or 17 years old.”