Teofimo Lopez

  • WINS
    21
  • Losses
    1
  • Draws
    0
  • ko's
    13
  • Alias
    The Takeover
  • Height
    173
  • Reach
    174
  • Division
  • Light Welterweight
  • Age
  • 26
  • Country
  • USAUSA
  • Born in
  • Brooklyn
  • KO PERCENTAGE
  • 61.9%
  • Bouts
  • 22
  • ROUNDS BOXED
  • 137
  • Stance
  • O

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Biography

Early Life and Amateur Career

 

Teofimo Lopez, born on July 30, 1997, in Brooklyn, New York, was destined for greatness in the world of boxing from an early age. Raised in a family of Honduran descent, he was deeply influenced by his father, Teofimo Lopez Sr., who himself was a former amateur boxer. The elder Lopez recognized his son’s potential at a tender age and began honing his skills when Teofimo Jr. was just six years old.

 

Growing up in the gritty streets of Brooklyn, Teofimo faced his fair share of challenges, but his father instilled discipline, determination, and a strong work ethic in him. Boxing became more than just a sport for Teofimo—it became a way of life, a means to rise above adversity and carve out a better future for himself and his family.

 

Under his father’s guidance, Teofimo quickly showcased his natural talent and athleticism. Lopez embarked on his boxing journey well before his professional debut, making a significant mark during his time in the amateur ranks. His amateur career was punctuated by notable achievements and pivotal moments, showcasing his exceptional talent and unwavering determination.

 

In 2015, Lopez burst onto the international scene at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia. Competing in the lightweight division, he dazzled spectators and secured the gold medal, solidifying his status as a rising star in the sport. Later that year, Lopez represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While his Olympic campaign didn’t result in a medal, the experience provided invaluable lessons and opportunities to test his skills against top-tier competition on the global stage.

 

Throughout his amateur tenure, Lopez demonstrated his versatility and ring savvy, accumulating a commendable record. His lightning-fast reflexes, formidable power, and ring intelligence set him apart, earning him recognition as one of boxing’s most promising prospects. An iconic moment in Lopez’s amateur journey occurred in 2015 when he squared off against Shakur Stevenson in the Olympic Trials. Although Stevenson narrowly emerged victorious, the matchup highlighted Lopez’s potential and foreshadowed his future success in the professional realm.

 

Professional Career

 

In October 2016, Teofimo Lopez signed a contract with Top Rank, marking the beginning of his professional boxing journey. He wasted no time, making his debut on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas fight in November of the same year. Lopez’s career gained momentum as he compiled a flawless 10–0 record. In December 2018, Lopez announced himself on the world stage with a remarkable performance against veteran Mason Menard. The bout ended with a knockout of the year candidate, showcasing Lopez’s immense talent and potential.

 

Continuing his ascent, Lopez faced another seasoned boxer, Diego Magdaleno, in his next bout. Despite already being ranked #9 by the WBA, #11 by the WBC, and #10 by the WBO, Lopez’s victory over Magdaleno further solidified his status as a rising star in the sport, though it was not without controversy due to his exuberant celebration.

 

Lopez’s winning streak persisted, culminating in a fifth-round knockout victory against former world title challenger Edis Tatli on April 20, 2019, at Madison Square Garden, New York City, on the undercard of Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan. Later, on July 19, 2019, Lopez faced undefeated Masayoshi Nakatani in a final eliminator for the IBF world lightweight title. Despite some adversity in the fight, Lopez secured a unanimous decision victory, setting the stage for a showdown with IBF champion Richard Commey.

 

On December 14, 2019, Lopez challenged Richard Commey for the IBF lightweight title. In spectacular fashion, Lopez claimed the title with a second-round technical knockout victory. This victory positioned him for a unification bout with Vasiliy Lomachenko. In September 2020, Lopez faced Vasiliy Lomachenko in a highly anticipated bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Despite being the underdog, Lopez secured a stunning upset victory by unanimous decision, unifying the lightweight division and maintaining his unbeaten record.

 

However, Lopez’s reign faced challenges, including disputes over contracts and delays in defending his titles. In a significant setback, he lost via split decision to George Kambosos Jr. on June 5, 2021, relinquishing his unified lightweight championship. Undeterred, Lopez moved up to the light welterweight division for his next bout on August 13, 2022, defeating Pedro Campa via seventh-round technical knockout. He continued his journey in the division, facing European light welterweight champion Sandor Martin in a split decision victory on December 10, 2022.

 

Lopez’s quest for greatness continued as he challenged undefeated WBO and The Ring light welterweight champion Josh Taylor on June 10, 2023, securing victory by unanimous decision and becoming a two-division world champion. Following this triumph, Lopez announced his retirement from boxing on June 12, 2023. Despite his retirement, Lopez returned to the ring on February 8, 2024, in Las Vegas, defeating Jamaine Ortiz by unanimous decision and successfully defending his WBO light welterweight title. His remarkable journey serves as a testament to his talent, resilience, and enduring legacy in the world of boxing.

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