The father and trainer of Teofimo Lopez Jr. insists his son will put on a “boxing exhibition” against Josh Taylor.

The younger Lopez will attempt to become a two-division titlist later tonight at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City when he takes on WBO 140-pound titlist Josh Taylor.

The lead-up to the fight has featured some disturbing rhetoric from Lopez, who has repeatedly stated that he wants to “kill” Taylor in the ring, suggesting to many that Lopez intends to brawl.

But that could not be more contrary to the plans that his demonstrative father apparently has in mind.

In a conversation between Lopez Sr. and Bill Haney, the father and manager of Devin Haney, captured by several videographers on Friday in New York, Lopez Sr. repeatedly declared that his son will out-box Taylor. Lopez Sr. also pushed back against his son’s controversial claims.

“We gonna box the sh!t out of this dude, bro,” Lopez Sr. said. “This guy thinks we’re coming over here to kill him? We’re gonna box him, bro. You’re gonna see the most beautiful f------ boxing, f------ sh!t, you’ve ever seen, bro."

Bill Haney pointed out that if Lopez fights like he did in the amateurs, as a crafty boxer who went by the moniker “Gordo”, that Lopez should beat Taylor. Lopez Sr. said he made a mistake in the past few fights by trying to convert his son’s style.

“He’s back,” Lopez Sr. said, referring to his son’s longtime boxing identity. “He never left. I was f------ up. I was f------ up, bro. I was pressuring him to go in and be hard but I forgot my son is the best when he boxes. You’re gonna see the best boxer in the world tomorrow. You guys gonna see it.

“You guys coming to see it. We ain’t coming to kill this guy. We gonna f------ break him down little by little and take him out. It’s gonna be a f------ boxing exhibition that you guys have never seen in your life.”

Sean Nam is the author of Murder on Federal Street: Tyrone Everett, the Black Mafia, and the Last Golden Age of Philadelphia Boxing.