Teófimo López

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Teófimo López
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Lopez in 2019
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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.
Stance Orthodox
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 The Ring magazine titles since defeating Vasyl Lomachenko in 2020. [2] As an amateur, he represented Honduras at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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As of June 2021, he is ranked as the world's fifth best active boxer, pound for pound, by ESPN [3] and the Boxing Writers Association of America, [4] seventh by The Ring, [5] and tenth by the TBRB. [6] He is also ranked as the world's best active lightweight by The Ring, [7] ESPN [8] and the TBRB, [9] and second by BoxRec. [10]

Early life

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. [11]

Amateur career

López won the U.S. Olympic Trials [12] but Carlos Balderas had already secured the United States' sole lightweight entry into the tournament as AIBA's World Series of Boxing champion, [13] 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. [1]

Professional career

Early career

López signed with Top Rank in October 2016, [14] and made his debut on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas fight in November of the same year. [15] 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. [16]

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. [17] [18]

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. [19]

IBF lightweight champion

López vs. Nakatani

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. [20] 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. [21]

López vs. 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. [22] [23]

Unified lightweight champion

López vs. Lomachenko

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. [24] 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%). [25]

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." [26] In the wake of his victory, López asserts that he is the undisputed lightweight champion, a claim supported by WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman. [27] [28] 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, [29] [30] [31] including Devin Haney, who is recognized by others as the holder of the legitimate WBC lightweight title. [32] [33]

López vs. Kambosos Jr.

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. [34] 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. [35] The fight will take place on Triller PPV. [34]

Personal life

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. [36] Shortly after marrying, they spent their honeymoon vacation in Greece. [37]

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. [38]

López's native language is English, and he also can understand and speak Spanish. [39]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
16 fights16 wins0 losses
By knockout120
By decision40
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
17N/AN/A Flag of Australia (converted).svg George Kambosos Jr. N/A– (12) Jun 19, 2021 Flag of the United States.svg LoanDepot Park, Miami, Florida, U.S.Defending WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles
16Win16–0 Flag of Ukraine.svg Vasyl Lomachenko UD12 Oct 17, 2020 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Conference Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained IBF lightweight title;
Won WBA (Super), WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles
15Win15–0 Flag of Ghana.svg Richard Commey TKO2 (12), 1:13Dec 14, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Won IBF lightweight title
14Win14–0 Flag of Japan.svg Masayoshi Nakatani UD12Jul 19, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S.
13Win13–0 Flag of Finland.svg Edis Tatli KO5 (12), 1:32Apr 20, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained WBC-NABF lightweight title
12Win12–0 Flag of the United States.svg Diego Magdaleno KO7 (10), 1:08Feb 2, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas, U.S.Retained WBC-NABF, WBC-NABF and IBF-USBA lightweight titles
11Win11–0 Flag of the United States.svg Mason MenardKO1 (10), 0:44Dec 8, 2018 Flag of the United States.svg Hulu Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.Won vacant WBA-NABA, WBC-NABF and IBF-USBA lightweight titles [40]
10Win10–0 Flag of Brazil.svg William SilvaTKO6 (10), 0:15Jul 14, 2018 Flag of the United States.svg Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.Won vacant WBC Continental Americas lightweight title
9Win9–0 Flag of Brazil.svg Vitor Jones FreitasKO1 (8), 1:04May 12, 2018 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
8Win8–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Juan Pablo SanchezUD6Feb 3, 2018 Flag of the United States.svg American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
7Win7–0 Flag of the United States.svg Josh RossTKO2 (6), 1:57Oct 13, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, U.S.
6Win6–0 Flag of the United States.svg Christian SantibanezUD6Jul 7, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, U.S.
5Win5–0 Flag of Guatemala.svg Ronald RivasKO2 (6), 2:21May 20, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
4Win4–0 Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg Jorge Luis MunguiaTKO2 (6), 0:48Apr 21, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg Osceola Heritage Center, Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.
3Win3–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Daniel BastienKO2 (6), 0:39Mar 17, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
2Win2–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Francisco MedelTKO4 (4), 0:58Feb 24, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Rosa Community Center, Palm Bay, Florida, U.S.
1Win1–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Ishwar SiqueirosKO2 (4), 2:03 Nov 5, 2016 Flag of the United States.svg Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.

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Sporting positions
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Maliek Montgomery
U.S. Golden Gloves
lightweight champion

2015
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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
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Jaime Munguia
The Ring Prospect of the Year
2018
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