All you need to know about WBO light-welterweight champion, Teofimo Lopez.
|July 30, 1997
|Brooklyn, New York
Lopez was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 30, 1997. The American is 26-years-old and he made his professional debut back in 2016.
The Takeover is the current holder of the WBO light-welterweight world title. The New Yorker is a two-weight world champion having previously been crowned the WBA, WBO and IBF lightweight king.
Lopez lost those straps to George Kambosos Jr in 2021 and he swiftly made the step up to the 140lbs division.
The Takeover has also won the NABA, NABF, USBA and WBC Continental Americas lightweight titles in his professional career.
Lopez has a record of 20-1 (13KOs) but that doesn’t tell the full story of what has been an extremely eventful career.
The Takeover made his debut in 2016 before fighting, and winning, six times in 2017. Those were low-level contests, as the American found his feet in the paid ranks, but there was a fair amount of hype building around the Brooklyn brawler.
Lopez faced his first serious test when taking on the experienced William Silva in 2018 and the Takeover had the answers. The New Yorker won the WBC Continental Americas lightweight title in that contest and there were more titles to follow.
The Takeover collected the NABA, NABF, USBA when taking on Mason Menard later that year and he successfully defended those belts with a stoppage victory over Diego Magdaleno in 2019.
Lopez has been climbing the ranks and the American was given the opportunity to fight for a world title against IBF lightweight king Richard Commey.
The Takeover produced a stunning display scoring a second-round stoppage victory over Commey and walked away with the world title.
WBA and WBO lightweight titles followed when winning a mega-fight against Vasiliy Lomachenko in 2020, but just as Lopez had reached the top of the sport, things were about to fall.
The New Yorker was a red-hot favourite when taking on George Kambosos Jr in front of a home Madison Square Garden crowd in 2021, but Lopez was shocked by the Australian and the three lightweight world titles were lost.
The Takeover swiftly made the move up to light-welterweight following the loss to Kambosos Jr and became a two-weight world champion when beating Josh Taylor for the WBO 140lbs title last year.
Again, that was a fabulous performance that had Lopez back at the top of the sport, but danger was waiting.
Lopez was again a huge favourite when taking on Jamaine Ortiz in February 2024, but it was an underwhelming performance, with many observers believing that Ortiz deserved to win the bout.
The Takeover was awarded the decision in that contest, but it again raised questions about the 26-year-old and it will be interesting to see if he can find the answers.
In his last fight, Teofimo Lopez beat Jamaine Ortiz to push his record to 20-1 and retain his WBO and The Ring light welterweight titles. Lopez won via unanimous decision at Michelob Ultra Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
Lopez's next fight is yet to be announced.
Teofimo Lopez is reportedly worth $5 million.