Teofimo Andres Lopez Rivera is an American expert boxer. He is a former unified light-weight world champion, maintaining the IBF title from 2019 to November 2021 and the WBA, WBO and The Ring Magazine titles from October 2020 to November 2021. As an amateur, he represented Honduras at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
As of June 2022, Lopez is ranked as the 0.33 fantastic lively light-weight in the world with the aid of The Ring journal and the Transnational Boxing Ranking Board, fourth by using BoxRec and fifth with the aid of ESPN.
Teofimo Lopez First half of of life
Lopez was once born on July 30, 1997, in Brooklyn, New York to Honduran immigrants. His grandfather, a Spaniard, was once born in 1916 and immigrated to Honduras after World War II. His father, Tefimo Lopez Sr. moved to Brooklyn with his mom when he used to be 5 years old. Lopez Sr. started coaching his son at age 6, quickly after shifting to Florida.
Lopez gained the US Olympic Trials however Carlos Balderas had already secured the United States’ solely light-weight entry in the event as the AIBA World Series of Boxing Champion, so Lopez used to be conscious coming into the trials that at quality he may want to solely qualify as Balderas’ alternate. Lopez managed to qualify for the Honduran team, the place her dad and mom are from, and reached the finals of the US Olympic qualifiers to earn her spot in Rio.
Lopez additionally received the 2015 National Golden Gloves. López represented Honduras in the men’s light-weight match at the 2016 Summer Olympics, the place he defeated the tournament’s eventual silver medalist Sofian Ouimeha.
Teofimo Lopez Professional career
Lopez signed with Top Rank in October 2016 and made his debut on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas combat in November of the equal year. After compiling a best 10-0 record, he introduced himself on the world stage in December 2018 by means of defeating veteran Mason Maynard with a Knockout of the Year contender.
In his subsequent fight, Lopez, already ranked *9 by using the WBA, *11 with the aid of the WBC and *10 by way of the WBO, confronted some other boxing veteran in Diego Magdaleno, which ended in any other brutal knockout victory for Lopez. He attracted some controversy after his ecstatic party with Magdaleno nevertheless on the canvas.
Lopez’s prevailing streak continued, enhancing to 13-0 with a fifth-round knockout victory over former world title challenger Eddie Tutley on April 20, 2019, on the undercard of Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
IBF light-weight champion
Lopez vs. Nakatani
On July 19, 2019, Lopez, who used to be ranked * No. four by means of the IBF, confronted undefeated Masayoshi Nakatani, who used to be ranked * No. 3, in the closing eliminator for the IBF world light-weight title. In the fourth round, Lopez knocked Nakatani out with his proper hand, however the referee dominated it a slip. Lopez marked the first time in his profession that a combat went past 12 rounds and clashed with IBF champion Richard Comey, triumphing via unanimous choice rankings of 118-110, 118-110, 119-109.
Lopez v. Comey
On December 14, 2019, Lopez challenged IBF light-weight champion Richard Comey. Lopez related with Commey with a huge proper hand and captured the IBF title in brilliant trend after ending him with a second-round TKO. After the fight, Lopez joined fellow light-weight champion Vasily Lomachenko in the ring, with whom he posed for a photo. When requested about his subsequent battle plans and a viable unification bout with Lomachenko, Lopez replied, “You recognize who I want”, referring to Lomachenko besides explicitly naming him.
Unified Lightweight Champion
Teofimo Lopez vs. Lomachenko
In September 2020, Lopez agreed to combat unified WBA (Super), WBO and The Ring champion Vassily Lomachenko on October 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It used to be the first foremost combat because the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Without a stay audience, Lopez defied the odds with a wonderful upset victory as he defeated the highly-regarded Ukrainian through unanimous choice to unify the light-weight division and hold his undefeated record, with the judges’ scorecards 116-112, 117-111 and 119-109.
The first seven rounds noticed Lopez remain at the back of his jab and go to the body, with his opponent providing little response. In the 2d half, Lomachenko began to come out greater aggressive, throwing extra punches. However, in the last round, 50 of the ninety eight punches thrown via Lopez (51%), the most of any opponent in a single round, landed on Lomachenko. According to Compubox stats, Lomachenko landed 141 of 321 throws (44%), whilst Lopez landed 183 of 659 (28%).
Lopez refused to provide Lomachenko a rematch, explaining that “everybody’s my dad, I had a dick. He did not choose to put a rematch clause in our contract.” In the wake of his victory, Lopez insisted that he used to be the undisputed light-weight champion, even although he did no longer keep the WBC belt.
However, the declare used to be contested via many boxing analysts and fans, as the ‘franchise’ model of López prevailing the WBC title in opposition to Lomachenko lacks focus from a massive area of the boxing community, which include Devin Haney, who is identified by using others. container. Valid WBC light-weight title.
Teofimo Lopez v. Kambosos Jr
Lopez’s first protection of his Unified Lightweight Championship used to be scheduled for June 5, 2021 towards undefeated contender Jorge Cambos Jr., earlier than being delayed a couple of instances due to Lopez checking out high quality for Covid-19 and disputes over the venue of the fight.
The combat got here down to the purse bid which Trillor received with a triumphing bid of extra than US$6 million, main to a struggle between pinnacle promoters Lopez and Bob Aram. On 6 October, it used to be printed that the IBF had reneged on its contractual duties to battle the thriller and the rights would be awarded to second-highest bidder Eddie Hearns Matchroom, which means the combat would be proven solely stay on streaming provider DAZN.
Although Kambossos entered the bout as a 13-to-1 pre-fight having a bet underdog, he knocked out the champion in the first spherical of the fight. Despite returning to want by means of knocking out Kambossos in the tenth round, Lopez subsequently misplaced the battle by cut up decision. One choose scored it 114-113 in want of Lopez, whilst two different judges scored it 115-112 and 115-111 in prefer of Kambosos Jr.
Teofimo Lopez Personal life
On April 23, 2019, Lopez married his spouse Cynthia Lopez, who is firstly from Nicaragua. They first met on a Delta Air Lines flight from New York City to Las Vegas, the place Cynthia was once a flight attendant, after Lopez’s ninth seasoned battle victory over Vitor Jones Freitas. Shortly after the wedding, they honeymooned in Greece.
On February 12, 2021, Lopez used her social media systems to communicate out about injustice and stand up for victims of racial violence, issuing messages of guide for Asian communities round the world in mild of the Lunar New Year and persisted anti-Asianism. Apartheid in 2021.
Lopez’s native language is English, and she knows and speaks Spanish.
On June 15, 2021, Lopez examined effective for COVID-19, inflicting his battle with Jorge Cambos Jr. to be postponed.
Teofimo Lopez Professional boxing record
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