FightPost Boxer of the Week: Teofimo Lopez
By Gary Kittilsen
In another hectic week of boxing, we saw numerous top-notch performances from the most elite level fighters in the world. However, it was an upstart 21-year-old protegé who stole the show and put the boxing world on notice. The Brooklyn born Teofimo Lopez ran his perfect record to 12-0 (10). Lopez followed up on his sensational knockout over Mason Menard with a highlight reel type knockout over former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno.
Magdaleno is a solid opponent who has fought for a world title on two separate occasions and has put together three consecutive victories, including taking a lopsided UD over a prospect named Art Hovhannisyan since losing his title bid to “Turbo” Terry Flanagan back in 2015. Magdaleno is no tomato can, he was supposed to offer a bit of resistance and test the young prospect. However, he proved to be no match at all for Lopez, who thoroughly dominated his opponent on his way to scoring a vicious and sensational seventh round knockout and sealed it with his signature celebratory back-flip.
From basically the opening minute of the bout it was painfully obvious that Lopez was not only going to win but was going to punish Magdaleno badly. By the third round, Lopez was landing at will, catching Magdaleno with a combination of lead left hooks and blistering right hands. Had the referee halted the bout after the third, it would have been justifiable. However it was allowed to continue and it only got worse for Magdaleno until the end came with the brutal knockout in the seventh.
Given the unprecedented athleticism, precise lead power punching and lightning quick hand speed and reflexes that Lopez demonstrated in the ring, one can not help but draw a logical comparison to a young Roy Jones Jr. Whether or not Lopez well have any of the success that the legendary Jones Jr accomplished is a question that only time can tell.
However, all of the natural gifts and talents are there and they will need to be they’re considering all of the four major belts in the weight class will likely by years end be held by Vasyl Lomachenko and Mikey Garcia, two of the pound for pound best fighters in the world. There will likely be no easy belt for Lopez to grab in the lightweight division.
(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)