A new boxing star was born in October 2020 when Teofimo Lopez defeated Ukrainian superstar Vasiliy Lomachenko. Boxing enthusiasts know who Lopez is, but casual fans have been introduced to an exciting new face in the sport.
Lopez started boxing at the age of 6, having good technique, speed and power and 12 kills in his 16 professional fights. Now, at 24, he has all the right qualities to become a superstar in boxing if he continues to win.
The newly crowned undisputed lightweight champion will face George Kambosos Jr. on Saturdays at Madison Square Garden in New York. There is bad blood among these warriors, both of whom are undefeated.
SN looks at Lopez’s last five fights before one of the biggest fights of his career.
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Teofimo Lopez vs Vasiliy Lomachenko (16-0)
One of the biggest upsets in combat sports in 2020 was Lopez’s unanimous victory over Lomachenko to claim the lightweight championship.
Lopez is paying $4.30, while Lomachenko favorites pay $1.20 to win the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The weaker started to get strong and Lomachenko couldn’t understand him the way he usually did against his other opponents.
Lopez took away Lomachenko’s elite footwork and used unique angles by putting pressure on the Olympic champion.
The challenger has dug deep and tamed one of the best boxers the world has ever seen.
The bell rang and it became clear that Lopez was the undisputed new lightweight champion of the world.
Teofimo Lopez vs Richard Commey (15-0)
Lopez vs world owner IBF Commey at Madison Square Garden in December 2019.
The undefeated Lopez took out champion Commey with a powerful right arm, ending the match in game two via TKO.
Lopez was awarded the IBF title and named his future opponent in the ring.
This is his fourth game of 2019. He finished the year with a world title and a hit on former champion Lomachenko.
Teofimo Lopez vs Masayoshi Nakatani (14-0)
Lopez, 22 years old at the time, fought Nakatani in July 2019.
The American showed off his undeniable boxing skills, dominating the fight and winning by unanimous decision at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland.
This is his third win of 2019. Lopez was in absolute tears against high-quality opponents.
Teofimo Lopez vs Edis Tatli (13-0)
Lopez added another knockout victory to her record by finishing Tatli in the fifth round at MSG.
The rising star knocked Tatli down with a brutal body shot; The Finnish boxer couldn’t get up.
Teofimo Lopez vs Diego Magdaleno (12-0)
Lopez began her 2019 campaign successfully, defeating fellow American Magdaleno in Round 7.
It was a stellar performance, Lopez using a variety of moves including skillful top laners and a nasty left hook to finish off his opponent.
Summary of the last five battles of Teofimo Lopez
|Vasiliy Lomachenko||Victory by decision||October 17, 2020||MGM Grand, Las Vegas|
|Richard Commey||Win by TKO||December 14, 2019||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Masayoshi Nakatani||Victory by decision||July 19, 2019||MGM National Port, Maryland|
|Edis Tatli||Win by KO||April 20, 2019||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Diego Magdaleno||Win by KO||February 2, 2019||Ford Center at the Star, Frisco, Texas|