A new star of boxing was born in October 2020 when Teofimo Lopez defeated Ukrainian superstar Vasiliy Lomachenko. Boxing purists knew who Lopez was, but casual fans were introduced to a exciting new face in the sport.
Lopez began boxing at age 6, has elite technique, plenty of speed and power and 12 knockouts in his 16 professional fights. Now, at 24, he has all the right qualities for becoming a superstar in boxing if he continues to win.
The newly crowned undisputed lightweight champion is fighting George Kambosos Jr. on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. There is bad blood between these fighters, who are both undefeated.
SN looks at Lopez’s last five fights before one of the biggest fights of his career.
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Teofimo Lopez vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko (16-0)
One of the biggest upsets in combat sports in 2020 was Lopez’s unanimous win against Lomachenko for the lightweight championship.
Lopez was paying $4.30, while the favorite Lomachenko was paying $1.20 to win at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The underdog started strong and Lomachenko could not figure him out like he usually does against his other opponents.
Lopez took away Lomachenko’s elite footwork and use of unique angles by pressuring the Olympic champion.
The challenger dug deep and overpowered one of the best boxers the world has ever seen.
The bell rang and it was clear that Lopez was the new undisputed lightweight champion of the world.
Teofimo Lopez vs. Richard Commey (15-0)
Lopez fought IBF world titleholder Commey at Madison Square Garden in December 2019.
The undefeated Lopez destroyed the champion Commey with a powerful right hand that ended the fight in the second round via TKO.
Lopez was rewarded with the IBF title and called out his future opponent in the ring.
This was his fourth fight in 2019. He concluded the year with a world title and a shot at the former champ Lomachenko.
Teofimo Lopez vs. Masayoshi Nakatani (14-0)
Lopez, 22 at the time, fought Nakatani in July 2019.
The American showcased his undeniable boxing skills, dominating the fight and winning by unanimous decision at MGM National Harbor in Maryland.
This was his third win in 2019. Lopez was on an absolute tear against high-quality opponents.
Teofimo Lopez vs. Edis Tatli (13-0)
Lopez added another knockout win to his record when he finished Tatli in the fifth round at MSG.
The rising star dropped Tatli with a brutal body shot; the Finnish boxer could not get back to his feet.
Teofimo Lopez vs. Diego Magdaleno (12-0)
Lopez started his 2019 campaign with a bang, knocking out fellow American Magdaleno in Round 7.
It was a stellar performance, Lopez used a wide variety of strikes including slick uppercuts and a nasty left hook to finish his opponent.
Teofimo Lopez last five fights summary
|Vasiliy Lomachenko||Won by decision||Oct. 17, 2020||MGM Grand, Las Vegas|
|Richard Commey||Won by TKO||Dec. 14, 2019||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Masayoshi Nakatani||Won by decision||July 19, 2019||MGM National Harbor, Maryland|
|Edis Tatli||Won by KO||April 20, 2019||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Diego Magdaleno||Won by KO||Feb. 2, 2019||The Ford Center at the Star, Frisco, Texas|