Just 19 years old, Teofimo is a sensational prospect at 135 pounds. A former amateur standout, he earned a place at 132 pounds on the 2016 U.S. Olympic boxing team in Rio de Janiero, but questionable politics in the amateur program took it away from him. Teofimo instead represented Honduras – the birthplace of his parents – at the Olympic Games.
He’s been very active since his debut, with five fights in his first six months as a pro.
In his last fight on May 20 in New York, Teofimo won by second-round knockout against Ronald Rivas. The scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz main event at Madison Square Garden.
The Ring’s Mike Coppinger reported from ringside [excerpts]: Teofimo Lopez, another highly-regarded Olympian from Top Rank’s stable, kept his 100 percent knockout ratio intact with a second-round beatdown of Ronald Rivas in a lightweight bout.
The Brooklyn native landed a left hook right on the button that sent Rivas sprawling backward, and the contest was immediately halted. [End Coppinger item]
In an earlier interview, Teofimo said, “My father is my coach, and we go to different gyms sometimes. Right now I’m training at a place called ‘Club KO’ in Pembroke Pines.
“I’ve sparred with a lot of pros. Sometimes they would invite me to go to their training camps, sometimes they were here in my area. I’ve been in training camp with Shawn Porter at the time he was fighting Keith Thurman, and Brad Solomon, helping them get ready for their fights, and they were both 20 pounds bigger than me.
“I also sparred with Guillermo Rigondeaux and Luke Campbell, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist. I’ve sparred with many, many, many professionals since I was 13 years old.
“I’m an entertainer – got to entertain! My style – I’m technical, very technical. I’m very smart when I’m in the ring, like Albert Einstein. I’m like a Sugar Ray, Floyd Mayweather – I’m a boxer, but if the knockout comes, it comes.
“I don’t have a nickname right now, but people know me as Gordo.”
Teofimo Lopez Sr. said that the name ‘Teofimo’ runs far back in his family history: “My family is originally from Spain. Teofimo is the name of my father, my father’s father, and his father. What happened was, there were nine brothers and one sister in the family. It was a tight-knit family, and my father was the third son. He was the only one to leave the family. He went to Brazil and from Brazil he went to Honduras, where he met my mother. He was the only one that got the name.”