Teofimo López born on July 30, 1997 in the United States, but with Latin American roots; He is one of the new prospects who have appeared recently in boxing; and he is becoming a sensation among sports fans. Although he has lived his entire life in the United States, he has been closely tied to Honduran roots by his father.
His roots in boxing began when he was 6 years old when he accompanied his father to the gym, where he learned about the sport. Thanks to the efforts of his father, Teofimo began to train in the sport until he became the challenger for the title of lightweight champion by the IBF. To date, he has 16 wins and 0 losses.
Professional Life of Teofimo López
His beginnings in the world of boxing were not pleasant at all. His loss to France’s Sofiane Oumiha at the 2016 Olympics, where he was representing Honduras. But all of this would be recovered that same year when he made his professional debut against Mexican Ishwar Siquieros, whom he defeated by technical knockout.
That same year he signed a contract with Top Rank, one of the great companies that promote boxing. After this he began to have other fights, of which three he won by technical knockout and another by decision; something that further encouraged the young boxer to continue improving. He was considered at the time as # 9 by the WBA, # 11 by the WBC and # 10 by the WBO.
After that he faced off against the veteran Diego Magdaleno, whom López defeated without problems; but he generated a lot of controversy by celebrating his victory even with the opponent on the mat. In 2019, he had a match against undefeated Japanese Masayoshi Nakatani, whom he defeated by unanimous decision and went on to challenge Richard Commey; whom he also defeated and obtained the IBF title.
Already in 2020, he had a fight against the champion Vasily Lomachenko; whom he defeated by unanimous decision at MGM in Las Vegas in a venue with no live audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He to date he remains undefeated.
Most significant fights of Teofimo López
Teofimo López vs Ishwar Siquieros: His first fight and López’s debut in the professional world was thanks to Siquieros, whom he faced with all his energy and was able to beat him by technical knockout.
Teofimo López vs. Vasily Lomachenko: Without a doubt one of the fights that made the most fame was against Lomachenko, whom he defeated in a devastating way surprising all the spectators. This fight was monumental and allowed Lopez to opt for the IBF champion title.
Teofimo López vs. Richard Commey: Place where López made the greatest achievement of him, and that is that the fight against Richar Commey was not just any contest. The winner would get the IBF world champion title, showing the exhibition of the unification of the four belts. Here the fight was going to be even, but it was López who ended everything with a devastating knockout.
The young Lopez is looking forward to his next fight against challenger George Kambosos, who is opting to be the next lightweight champion. They are still in the negotiation stages because Top Rank is looking for the best conditions for this fight; where the lightweight champion title will be decided by the IBF, WBO, WBA, WBC and The Ring magazine.