Teofimo Lopez

Weightclass: Lightweight

  • 11wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 9kos

AGE:
21
Birthplace:
Brooklyn, New York
Height:
5’8”
reach:
68.5"
Managers:
David McWater
Trainers:
Teofimo Lopez Sr. (father)

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Teofimo Lopez

Just 21 years old, Teofimo is a one-year pro. A sensational young prospect at 135 pounds, he is considered one of the top young talents in the sport by many observers. He was an amateur standout before his debut – he earned a place on the 2016 U.S. Olympic boxing team at 132 pounds, but controversial politics in the amateur program took it away from him. Teofimo instead represented Honduras – the birthplace of his parents – at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

He’s been very active since his debut, with 10 fights in his first 20 months as a pro.

He’s also been very impressive – Kevin Iole named him Yahoo Sports “2018 Prospect of the Year.”

Teofimo stepped up to 10-round status for the first time in his fight on July 17 in New Orleans and won by sixth-round TKO against William Silva.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Mega lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez predicted he’d knock out William Silva in the fifth round. He was close. He went a few seconds into the sixth round before stopping Silva in a one-sided demolition.

Lopez nearly ended it in the first round when he dropped Silva with a clean left hook on the chin with about 20 seconds to go. Although Lopez didn’t finish Silva then, he dominated every round. He was much faster and landed numerous hard shots to bloody the outclassed Silva and knock him back.

In the fifth round, Lopez scored another knockdown just before the bell. He landed a series of clean punches before flooring Silva with another left hook.

The Las Vegas-based Lopez continued to pound Silva in the sixth round, landing three left hooks and a right to knock him down again, causing [the] referee to stop the fight 15 seconds into the round.

Lopez came into the fight with a heavy heart, having had his dog – who he called his best friend – die a few days ago. He also said he injured his right hand. [End Rafael item]

In his post-fight interview, Teofimo said, “Set him up with the jab, don’t let him hit you with jab, you play with his mind. I was setting him up so I could surprise him with a big shot. I’m covered with blood, but it’s his blood.

“It’s a takeover.”

Boxingscene’s Ryan Burton reported [July 23, 2018 – excerpts]: Blue chip lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez made the most of his showcase fight when he stopped William Silva in 6 rounds on July 14th.

However, there was a bit of bad news though as Lopez suffered a fracture in his right hand during the fight that required surgery.

The soon to be 21-year-old had his surgery performed by Dr. Steven Shin in Los Angeles and promises that he will come back stronger than ever.

“They said that I can start using my right hand again in October and that I can get back in the ring in late November or December. I believe that I will be back in the ring in December at Madison Square Garden,” Lopez told BoxingScene.com. [End Burton item]

In earlier interviews, Teofimo said, “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’m living in Las Vegas now – viva Las Vegas! I moved here in mid-August, 2017. It was just a great decision overall. I had to get out of Florida. I was born in New York, but most of my years I was raised in Florida. It came to a point where a lot of friends of mine wanted to hang out with me, just a big entourage or whatever it was, everybody wanted to be there. It was a distraction.

“We already accomplished so much in Florida that we just felt stuck. So, we felt like we’ve got to go somewhere else and Vegas is the spot. Top Rank is here with their gym, too. We sat down and talked about the decision. Everything’s on the West Coast for boxing, and that’s what we needed – we needed something refreshing, something new, something to elevate us. My whole family moved here – my mom, my sisters, everybody.

“What I feel in Vegas is that I feel like this is truly peace for me. I can get away from everybody.

“I’ve sparred with a lot of pros. Sometimes they would invite me to go to their training camps, sometimes they were 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 don’t have a nickname right now, but people know me as Gordo.”

Trainer-father 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.”

fight history

  • 2018

    WON VACANT WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS L TITLE – In his last fight on 7-14-18 in New Orleans, LA, he won by TKO (6th round) against William Silva (25-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with the Regis Prograis vs. Juan Velasco main event, and Teofimo dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a right hand late in the 1st round; Teofimo rocked Silva several times in the following rounds, then scored another knockdown with a left hook late in the 5th round; he scored another knockdown with a series of punches early in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:15.

    On 5-12-18 in New York, NY, he won by knockout (1st round) against Vitor Jones Freitas (14-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jorge Linares main event, and Teofimo quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round, and Freitas was counted out at 1:04.

    On 2-3-18 in Corpus Christi, TX, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Juan Pablo Sanchez (30-14): the bout was on the undercard of the Gilberto Ramirez vs. Habib Ahmed main event, and Teófimo dominated the fight; he was cut over his left eye by a clash of heads in the 2nd round, but consistently out-boxed and out-worked Sanchez, landed the harder punches, and rocked him repeatedly; scored 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.

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  • 2017

    On 10-13-17 in Tampa, FL, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Josh Ross (3-5-4): the scheduled 6-rounder was co-featured at A La Carte Event Pavilion; Teófimo scored a knockdown in the 1st round; he score three more knockdowns in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:57.

    On 7-7-17 in Tampa, FL, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Christian Santibanez (5-6): the bout was co-featured at the A La Carte Event Pavilion; Santibanez gave a determined effort, but Teófimo pressed forward, consistently landed the harder punches, and dominated the fight; scored 60-54 on all three scorecards.

    On 5-20-17 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Ronald Rivas (5-5-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz main event at Madison Square Garden, and Teófimo quickly overpowered Rivas; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:21.

    On 4-21-17 in Kissimmee, FL, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Jorge Luis Munguia (12-8): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Christopher Diaz vs. Jose Estrella main event, and Teófimo quickly overpowered him; he staggered Munguia with a left hook late in the 1st round, then scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:48.

    On 3-17-17 in New York, NY, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Daniel Bastien (4-3): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Michael Conlan vs. Tim Ibarra main event at Madison Square Garden, and Teófimo quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body early in the 2nd round, and Bastien was counted out at 0:39.

    On 2-24-17 in Palm Bay, FL, he won by TKO (4th round) against Francisco Medel (10-7): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at the Tony Rosa Community Center, and Teófimo dominated the fight; he consistently landed the harder punches and wore down Medel; Teófimo rocked him repeatedly in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:58.

    He debuted at the age of 19 on 11-5-16 in Las Vegas, NV, and won by knockout (2nd round) against Ishwar Siqueiros (3-1-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas main event, and Teófimo quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, both with right hands, then scored another knockdown before the bell with a cuffing punch; he scored two more knockdowns in the 2nd – the first with a right hand to the head, the second with a right hand to the body – and Siqueiros was counted out at 2:03.

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