|Real name||Teófimo Andrés López Rivera|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Reach||68+1⁄2 in (174 cm)|
|Born||July 30, 1997|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Wins by KO||12|
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 The Ring magazine titles since defeating Vasyl Lomachenko in 2020.As an amateur, he represented Honduras at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
As of June 2021, he is ranked as the world's fifth best active boxer, pound for pound, by ESPNand the Boxing Writers Association of America, seventh by The Ring, and tenth by the TBRB. He is also ranked as the world's best active lightweight by The Ring, ESPN and the TBRB, and second by BoxRec.
López was born to Honduran immigrants on July 30, 1997 in Brooklyn, New York. His father and trainer, Teófimo López Sr., started training him at the age of 6.
López won the U.S. Olympic Trialsbut Carlos Balderas had already secured the United States' sole lightweight entry into the tournament as AIBA's World Series of Boxing champion, so López was aware entering the trials that at best he could only qualify as an alternate for Balderas (who lost in the Olympic quarterfinals). López 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. López 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.
López signed with Top Rank in October 2016,and made his debut on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas fight in November of the same year. After compiling a perfect 10-0 record, he announced himself to the world stage in December 2018 by beating veteran Mason Menard with a knockout of the year candidate.
In his next fight, López, already ranked #9 by the WBA, #11 by the WBC and #10 by the WBO, faced another boxing veteran in Diego Magdaleno, which ended in another brutal knockout win for López. He attracted some controversy after his exuberant celebration with Magdaleno still down on the canvas.
López's winning streak continued, improving to 13-0 with a fifth-round KO victory against Edis Tatli on April 20, 2019 on the undercard of Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
On July 19, 2019, López who was ranked #4 by the IBF at the time, faced undefeated Masayoshi Nakatani, who was ranked #3, in a final eliminator for the IBF world lightweight title.In the fourth round, López knocked Nakatani down with his right hand, but the referee ruled it a slip. The fight marked the first time López had gone 12 rounds in his career, and he was awarded a unanimous decision victory with scores of 118-110, 118-110, 119-109, setting up a clash with IBF champion Richard Commey.
On December 14, 2019, López challenged the IBF lightweight champion Richard Commey. López won the IBF title in spectacular fashion after connecting on Commey with a big right hand, and finishing him with a second-round technical knockout.
In September 2020, López agreed to fight unified WBA (Super), WBO, and The Ring champion, Vasyl Lomachenko, on October 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was the first major fight since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. With no live audience, López defied the odds with a stunning upset victory as he beat the highly-regarded Ukrainian by unanimous decision to unify the lightweight division and maintain his unbeaten record, with the judges' scorecards reading 116-112, 117-111 and 119-109.The first seven rounds saw López staying behind his jab and going to the body with his opponent offering very little in response, seemingly wary of the threat of López's counter-punching ability and punch power. In the final round, López landed 50 of 98 punches thrown (51%), the most an opponent has landed on Lomachenko in a round. According to CompuBox stats, Lomachenko landed 141 of 321 thrown (44%), while López landed 183 of 659 thrown (28%).
López declined to give Lomachenko a rematch, explaining that “everybody [in Lomachenko’s camp] was being a dick to me, my father. He [Lomachenko] didn’t want to put a rematch clause in our contract."In the wake of his victory, López asserts that he is the undisputed lightweight champion, a claim supported by WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman. However, this claim is contested by many boxing analysts and fans, as the 'Franchise' version of the WBC title won by López against Lomachenko lacks recognition from a large portion of the boxing community, including Devin Haney, who is recognized by others as the holder of the legitimate WBC lightweight title.
López's first defense of his unified lightweight championship had been scheduled for June 5, 2021 against undefeated contender George Kambosos Jr, before being pushed back two weeks to June 19.The fight went to purse bids which was won by Triller with a winning bid of over $6 million USD, leading to a fallout between López and Bob Arum, head promoter at Top Rank. The fight will take place on Triller PPV.
On April 23, 2019, López married his wife Cynthia López, who is originally from Nicaragua. They first met on a Delta Airlines flight from New York City to Las Vegas shortly after López's victorious 9th pro fight against Vitor Jones Freitas, on which Cynthia was an air hostess.Shortly after marrying, they spent their honeymoon vacation in Greece.
On February 12, 2021, López used his social media platforms to speak up about injustice and stand in support with victims of racial violence, issuing a message in support of Asian communities around the world in light of Lunar New Year and continued increasing anti-Asian racism in 2021.
López's native language is English, and he also can understand and speak Spanish.
|16 fights||16 wins||0 losses|
|17||N/A||N/A||George Kambosos Jr.||N/A||– (12)||Jun 19, 2021||LoanDepot Park, Miami, Florida, U.S.||Defending WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles|
|16||Win||16–0||Vasyl Lomachenko||UD||12||Oct 17, 2020||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||Richard Commey||TKO||2 (12), 1:13||Dec 14, 2019||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won IBF lightweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||Masayoshi Nakatani||UD||12||Jul 19, 2019||MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Edis Tatli||KO||5 (12), 1:32||Apr 20, 2019||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained WBC-NABF lightweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||Diego Magdaleno||KO||7 (10), 1:08||Feb 2, 2019||The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBC-NABF, WBC-NABF and IBF-USBA lightweight titles|
|11||Win||11–0||Mason Menard||KO||1 (10), 0:44||Dec 8, 2018||Hulu Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won vacant WBA-NABA, WBC-NABF and IBF-USBA lightweight titles|
|10||Win||10–0||William Silva||TKO||6 (10), 0:15||Jul 14, 2018||Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas lightweight title|
|9||Win||9–0||Vitor Jones Freitas||KO||1 (8), 1:04||May 12, 2018||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Juan Pablo Sanchez||UD||6||Feb 3, 2018||American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Josh Ross||TKO||2 (6), 1:57||Oct 13, 2017||A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Christian Santibanez||UD||6||Jul 7, 2017||A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Ronald Rivas||KO||2 (6), 2:21||May 20, 2017||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Jorge Luis Munguia||TKO||2 (6), 0:48||Apr 21, 2017||Osceola Heritage Center, Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Daniel Bastien||KO||2 (6), 0:39||Mar 17, 2017||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Francisco Medel||TKO||4 (4), 0:58||Feb 24, 2017||Tony Rosa Community Center, Palm Bay, Florida, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Ishwar Siqueiros||KO||2 (4), 2:03||Nov 5, 2016||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
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|Amateur boxing titles|
| U.S. Golden Gloves|
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byRyan Martin
| WBC Continental Americas|
July 14, 2018 – November 2018
Title next held byAdrian Estrella
Title last held byRay Beltran
|WBC-NABF lightweight champion|
December 8, 2018 – November 2019
Title last held byDevin Haney
| IBF-USBA lightweight champion|
December 8, 2018 – November 2019
Title last held byDemond Brock
| WBA-NABA lightweight champion|
February 2, 2019 – September 2019
Title next held byChris Colbert
|World boxing titles|
| IBF lightweight champion |
December 14, 2019 – present
| WBA lightweight champion |
October 17, 2020 – present
| WBO lightweight champion |
October 17, 2020 – present
| The Ring lightweight champion |
October 17, 2020 – present
| The Ring Prospect of the Year |
Vergil Ortiz Jr.