Teofimo “El Brooklyn” Lopez (12-0 10KOs) defeated Diego Magdaleno (31-2 13KOs) last Saturday with a brutal knockout in the 7th round. It was another spectacular performance by one of the hottest prospects in boxing. He’s something special; his electrifying charisma to go along with his thunderous power, slick speed, and technical boxing skills, Teofimo is gradually transforming himself into a star.
After the fight, he stated that he wanted an opportunity to fight for the WBC title, with the assumption that Mikey Garcia will vacate and move up in weight. Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30KOs) is fearlessly moving up to the Welterweight Division (147lbs) to take on “The Boogeyman” of 147, Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (24-0, 21KOs). A fight with Vasyl Lomachenko (12-1, 9KOs) would be the only fight Mikey would be interested in at 135lbs, but due to promotional differences with Bob Arum, the fight seems to be a fantasy rather than a potential reality. As the rankings stand right now, there are others in line before Teofimo, but the way boxing is, a potential win over a strong opponent in April could propel him up the rankings even faster.
Teofimo also spoke of a potential clash with fellow Top Rank fighter Vasyl Lomachenko. Now this interesting! Since they are both signed with Top Rank, one would think it’s a very easy fight to make. Two things to look at:
Lomachenko has ambitions to unify the division, so he will want to fight other champions.
- Does Bob Arum really want his potential future superstar – Teofimo Lopez – fighting his current superstar, who pretty much owns the lightweight division at the moment? My gut tells me no. With Lomachenko still in his prime, and Lopez continuing to rise, a shot at the WBC title after another win against a contender in the WBC rankings seems more likely than Lopez and Lomachenko ever meeting in the ring.
Lopez has stated that this is his last year in the lightweight division and that he will move up to junior welterweight (140lbs) in 2020. I think it’s a less stacked division, and it’s for the taking. Teofimo would be putting himself on an easier path to multiple titles and stardom. I’m not saying that he can’t do it at 135lbs, but I do feel that the two time olympic gold medalist, Lomachenko is in a class of his own. If Lopez could win the WBC title, then he could very well fight Lomachenko by the end of this year. However, I don’t see Bob Arum allowing that fight to happen. Arum would rather have Lomachenko ruling the lightweight division, Teofimo potentially ruling the junior welterweight division and Terence Crawford at 147. That’s a pretty electrifying lineup.
One thing is for certain, Teofimo Lopez is going to be contending for a title sooner rather than later. He is in a great position for a young fighter, especially fighting on ESPN and under Bob Arum. He should get plenty of exposure. He’s scheduled to fight again on April 20th against an opponent to be determined. It will be on the Terence Crawford versus Amir Khan undercard. According to Lopez and his team, Jose Pedraza’s team turned down a potential fight. Hopefully he gets a strong opponent, so that he can continue to showcase his skills and continue “The Takeover”.