Fighter of the Week: Teofimo Lopez

Vasyl Lomachenko is regarded by nearly everyone as the best lightweight in the world and he was ringside at the Crawford-Kavaliauskas WBO welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden but his attention, as was the attention of boxing hardcores, was on the co-main event. The IBF lightweight title scrap between the defending champ Richard Commey of Ghana and upstart prospect and number one contender Teofimo Lopez of Brooklyn, NY. The winner was almost a certainty to be Loma’s next fight early next year. The fight was a 50/50 type of scrap in the eyes of most pundits one that may have been too big a test for a 22-year-old Lopez. The upstart prospect shocked the boxing world by landing a picture-perfect right hand that dropped the champ who courageously got to his feet but was finished off just moments later. Lopez went from prospect status to world champ in a split second capturing the IBF- 135 world title and setting up mega-fight with three-division world champ and pound for pound elite Vasyl Lomachenko in 2020.

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If there were any questions about Teofimo Lopez given his last performance and his level of competition those were all answered Saturday night at the Mecca Of Boxing. Facing by far his most significant opponent, there was no fear in the young Lopez. After the two traded some heavy leather in a fairly even first round. In the seconds The two exchanged right hands and Lopez’s landed first and it landed perfectly on the chin of the Ghanian, dropping Commey instantly who courageously got to his feet but was very unsteady as the fight continued, Lopez seized the moment and swarmed on the hurt fighter with a barrage of power shots causing Referee David Fields to step in and wave off the bout at 1:13 over round two. Lopex celebrated with his signature backflip and post-fight said “I’m at a loss for words right now. This is a dream come true,” Lopez said. “[Commey] is a bad man. His shot could’ve done the same to me if he hit me with that shot.”

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Brooklyn, NY has produced countless world champs and legends of the ring, the borough, has given us plenty of talented fighters in recent years but it’s been a while since it has given us a real legitimate superstar. Teofimo may just be that guy at just 22-years-old and all the skills a fighter could wish for plus an upcoming fight with one of boxing’s biggest star Lomachenko on tap the young champ has all the right ingredients to be boxings next big star and the next all-time great in the long line of legendary pugilists from Brooklyn, NY. Lopez will be no doubt a sizeable underdog against Lomachenko but he will be the naturally bigger and stronger man and will be the much bigger puncher, the natural size and strength advantage will give the Brooklynite a legitimate shot in being the one who solves the matric and dethrones Lomachenko.

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