Teofimo Lopez will battle Sandor Martin on Saturday at the world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. Lopez will defend the WBO International Light Welterweight belt, as Martin attempts to win the championship.
Martin is currently the holder of the WBA International Super Lightweight title, which he won from Jose Felix Jr in April 2022.
Lopez is attempting to rebuild his boxing career after losing the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles to George Kambosos Jr in November 2021. This will be Lopez's second fight since losing the belts.
Saturday's fight against Sandor Martin will be Teofimo Lopez's first title defence since winning the Lightweight belt earlier this year. Can he successfully retain the title?
Teofimo Lopez vs Sandor Martin Betting Odds
Teofimo Lopez has many critics and doubters following his loss to George Kambosos Jr just over a year ago. It was the last fight Lopez had at Madison Square Garden and it ended in disaster.
Lopez lost his unified titles after a 12-round split decision. El Brooklyn needs a big win against Sandor Martin to prove the doubters wrong.
Critics of Lopez had plenty of fuel for the fire after the fighter decided to forego a rematch against Kambosos. Instead, Lopez will step up to the 140-pound stage to fight Martin. Lopez was criticised for an unimpressive performance against Pedro Campa in August in his first light welterweight match.
Despite the critics of Lopez, he is a heavy favourite to defeat Martin on Saturday in New York City.
Here are the latest Teofimo Lopez vs Sandor Martin odds:
To win the fight:
- Lopez 1/7
- Martin 4/1
By TKO, KO, or DQ
- Lopez 7/4
- Martin 16/1
By Decision or Technical Decision
- Lopez 8/11
- Martin 6/1
By Draw or Technical Draw
- Lopez 18/1
- Martin 18/1
Who is the Favourite?
Lopez goes into the fight as the bookmakers' favourite at odds of 1/7. El Brooklyn is fighting in his second match in the light welterweight division.
He was unimpressive against Campa in August at the Resorts World Las Vegas event. Lopez needs a strong performance to improve his chances of further title fights down the line.
Teofimo Lopez Record
Teofimo Lopez has a 17-1 record in professional boxing. His only loss was against Kambosos in November 2021.
El Brooklyn scored some big wins before losing to Kambosos in New York City. One of Lopez's biggest victories was against Vasiliy Lomachenko in 2020. However, faced with adversity against Kambosos, Lopez fell apart in the ring. Lopez has 13 wins by knockout.
Sandor Martin Record
Sandor Martin has a record of 40-2. The fighter from Spain most recently defeated Jose Felix Jr in April to claim the WBA International Super Lightweight belt.
Martin has 13 knockout wins to go along with 27 decisions. He has won the majority of his fights by decision, which means this event could go the distance.
Teofimo Lopez vs Sandor Martin Date
Teofimo Lopez and Sandor Martin will touch gloves on Saturday, December 10 in Madison Square Garden. The fight will take place in New York City, which is five hours behind the United Kingdom.
Boxing fans in the UK will be able to watch the fight live. Due to the time change, the fight card will begin on Sunday, December 11.
Teofimo Lopez vs Sandor Martin Fight Time
The fight card will start at 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time in the United States. The event will begin at 2:00 AM in the UK on Sunday morning, December 11. The fighters are expected to go to the ring after eight fights on the undercard.
The big-time boxing event's undercard will feature:
- Jared Anderson vs Jerry Forrest
- Xander Zayas vs Alexis Salazar
- Keyshawn Davis vs Juan Carlos Burgos
- Jahi Tucker vs. Ivan Pandzic
- Bruce Carrington vs Juan Tapia
- Mike O’Han Jr vs Delante Johnson
- Frederic Julan vs Joe Ward
- Damian Knyba vs Emilio Salas
Teofimo Lopez vs Sandor Martin Location
Teofimo Lopez vs Sandor Martin will take place in New York City at the world-famous Madison Square Garden arena. The fight will be held in the Hulu Theater inside the giant sports venue.
Teofimo Lopez vs Sandor Martin Betting Tips
Lopez is only 25 years old. The New York native has had a lot of success throughout his young career but is still reeling from the loss in Nevada to Kambosos over a year ago. The defeat was a shock, as the split decision went Kambosos' way.
Lopez had a winning start after moving up to the 140-pound division. Lopez vs Sandor Martin will be an even tougher test for the New Yorker.
Martin is an underdog despite an impressive record. The fighter comes from Spain and took the bout on two-weeks notice. Lopez was originally supposed to fight Jose Pedraza, but the fight was cancelled due to Pedraza becoming ill.
Martin has fought just one time outside of Europe. He defeated Mikey Garcia by a majority decision in October 2021 in Fresno, California. Since then, he returned to Europe and bested Jose Felix Jr.
Both fighters are in the top five of the four major boxing governing bodies for their weight class. The stats don't lie. This is going to be a great fight and both boxers can provide a strong account of why they deserve to move up the rankings. A win for Martin would see him become a top contender for a major title belt.
Teofimo Lopez vs Sandor Martin Prediction
Teofimo Lopez v Sandor Martin should be a thriller in MSG. Lopez will have hometown support, but Martin is a quality boxer.
Martin had 27 of his 40 fights go to decision. He has the ability to take opponents the distance. Lopez has only had four fights go the distance. On Saturday, he should have a fifth go 12 rounds, as he secures a victory. Our betting tips prediction is for Lopez to win by unanimous decision after 12 rounds.
Consider a bet on the fight to go the distance at odds of 4/9. Lopez should secure the win.