Teófimo López

Teófimo López
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Real nameTeófimo Andrés López Rivera[1]
Nickname(s)The Takeover
Weight(s)Lightweight
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach68 12 in (174 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1997-07-30) July 30, 1997 (age 23)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights16
Wins16
Wins by KO12
Losses0

Teófimo Andrés López Rivera (born July 30, 1997) is an American professional boxer. He is the current unified lightweight world champion, having held the IBF title since 2019 and the WBA (Super), WBO and Ring magazine titles since October 2020. As an amateur he represented Honduras at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

As of October 2020, Lopez is ranked as the world's best active lightweight by BoxRec,[2] the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board[3] and ESPN.[4]

Early life

Lopez was born on July 30, 1997 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Honduran immigrants. An active sportsman since a young age, boxing came to him naturally.[according to whom?] His father and trainer, Teofimo Lopez Sr., started training him at the age of 6.[5]

Amateur career

Lopez won the U.S. Olympic Trials[6] but Carlos Balderas had already secured the United States' sole lightweight entry into the tournament as AIBA's World Series of Boxing champion,[7] so Lopez was aware entering the trials that at best he could only qualify as an alternate for Balderas (who lost in the Olympic quarterfinals). Lopez was able to qualify for the Honduran team, where his parents are from, and reached the finals of the Olympic qualifying tournament for the Americas to earn his place in Rio. Lopez also won the 2015 National Golden Gloves. López competed in the men's lightweight event at the 2016 Summer Olympics representing Honduras, where he was defeated in the tournament by eventual silver medalist Sofiane Oumiha.[1]

López had a reported amateur record of 150-20.

Professional career

López signed with Top Rank in October 2016,[8] and made his debut on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas fight in November of the same year.[9] He announced himself to the world stage in December 2018, by beating veteran Mason Menard via a knockout of the year candidate.[10]

In his next fight, Lopez, already ranked #9 by the WBA, #11 by the WBC and #10 by the WBO, faced another boxing veteran in Diego Magdaleno, another fight that ended in a brutal knockout for the Honduran. He attracted some controversy after his exuberant celebration with Magdaleno still down on the canvas.[11][12]

On July 19, 2019, Lopez who was ranked #4 by the IBF at the time, fought undefeated Japanese boxer Masayoshi Nakatani, who was ranked #3 by the IBF in a final eliminator for the IBF World Lightweight title.[13] He won the fight by unanimous decision and went on to challenge IBF titlist Richard Commey. Lopez won the IBF title in spectacular fashion after connecting on Commey with a big right hand, and finishing him with a second round TKO.[14][15]

Unified lightweight champion

In September 2020, Lopez agreed to fight WBO, WBA and WBC (franchise) champion, Vasiliy Lomachenko, on October 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was the first major fight since the COVID-19 pandemic. With no live audience, Lopez beat the Ukrainian by unanimous decision to unify the lightweight division and maintain his unbeaten record.


Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
16 fights 16 wins 0 losses
By knockout 12 0
By decision 4 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
16 Win 16–0 Ukraine Vasyl Lomachenko UD 12 Oct 17, 2020 United States MGM Grand Conference Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained IBF lightweight title;
Won WBA (Super), WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles
15 Win 15–0 Ghana Richard Commey TKO 2 (12), 1:13 Dec 14, 2019 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Won IBF lightweight title
14 Win 14–0 Japan Masayoshi Nakatani UD 12 Jul 19, 2019 United States MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Finland Edis Tatli KO 5 (12), 1:32 Apr 20, 2019 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBC-NABF lightweight title
12 Win 12–0 United States Diego Magdaleno KO 7 (10), 1:08 Feb 2, 2019 United States The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas, U.S. Retained WBC-NABF lightweight title;
Won vacant WBA-NABA and IBF-USBA lightweight titles
11 Win 11–0 United States Mason Menard KO 1 (10), 0:44 Dec 8, 2018 United States Hulu Theater, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBC-NABF lightweight title
10 Win 10–0 Brazil William Silva TKO 6 (10), 0:15 Jul 14, 2018 United States Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas lightweight title
9 Win 9–0 Brazil Vitor Jones Freitas KO 1 (8), 1:04 May 12, 2018 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Juan Pablo Sanchez UD 6 Feb 3, 2018 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Josh Ross TKO 2 (6), 1:57 Oct 13, 2017 United States A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Christian Santibanez UD 6 Jul 7, 2017 United States A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Guatemala Ronald Rivas KO 2 (6), 2:21 May 20, 2017 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Honduras Jorge Luis Munguia TKO 2 (6), 0:48 Apr 21, 2017 United States Osceola Heritage Center, Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Daniel Bastien KO 2 (6), 0:39 Mar 17, 2017 United States Hulu Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Mexico Francisco Medel TKO 4 (4), 0:58 Feb 24, 2017 United States Tony Rosa Community Center, Palm Bay, Florida, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Mexico Ishwar Siqueiros KO 2 (4), 2:03 Nov 5, 2016 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.

Titles in boxing

Major world titles:

The Ring magazine titles:

Regional titles:

  • WBC Continental Americas lightweight champion (135 lbs)
  • WBC-NABF lightweight champion (135 lbs)
  • IBF-USBA lightweight champion (135 lbs)
  • WBA-NABA lightweight champion (135 lbs)

Honorary titles:

References

  1. ^ a b "Teofimo Andres Lopez Rivera". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on August 6, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "BoxRec ratings". BoxRec. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  3. ^ "TBRB rankings". Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "Divisional rankings -- The best top 10 fighters per division". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  5. ^ "Teofimo Lopez | Professional Boxer". www.teofimoalopez.com. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  6. ^ "US Olympic Trials - Reno - December 7-13 2015". amateur-boxing.strefa.pl. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  7. ^ "Rio 2016: Carlos Balderas earned 1st spot on boxing team, bypassing Olympic trials". Fox News. December 2, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  8. ^ Rafael, Dan (October 11, 2016). "Top Rank adds 19-year-old Olympian Teofimo Lopez". ESPN. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  9. ^ "Pacquiao Decisions Vargas". The Sweet Science. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Teofimo Lopez blasts Mason Menard in 44 seconds on Lomachenko-Pedraza undercard". The Ring. December 8, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  11. ^ Christ, Scott (February 3, 2019). "Teofimo Lopez brutally knocks out Diego Magdaleno". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  12. ^ "Lopez vs Magdaleno - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  13. ^ "Lopez vs Nakatani - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  14. ^ Christ, Scott (December 14, 2019). "Commey vs Lopez results: Teofimo Lopez knocks out Richard Commey to win IBF title, says Vasiliy Lomachenko is next". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  15. ^ "News Archive". Box.Live. Retrieved May 25, 2020.

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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
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Maliek Montgomery
U.S. Golden Gloves
lightweight champion

2015
Next:
Maliek Montgomery
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Ryan Martin
WBC Continental Americas lightweight champion
July 14, 2018 – November 2018
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Adrian Estrella
Vacant
Title last held by
Ray Beltran
WBC-NABF lightweight champion
December 8, 2018 – November 2019
Vacated
Vacant
Vacant
Title last held by
Devin Haney
IBF-USBA lightweight champion
December 8, 2018 – November 2019
Vacated
Vacant
Vacant
Title last held by
Demond Brock
WBA-NABA lightweight champion
February 2, 2019 – September 2019
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Chris Colbert
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Richard Commey
IBF lightweight champion
December 14, 2019 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Vasyl Lomachenko
WBA lightweight champion
Super title

October 17, 2020 – present
WBO lightweight champion
October 17, 2020 – present
The Ring lightweight champion
October 17, 2020 – present
Awards
Previous:
Jaime Munguia
The Ring Prospect of the Year
2018
Next:
Vergil Ortiz Jr.

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