‘This Is My Kobe Year’: Teofimo Lopez Embraces ‘Mamba Mentality’

Published 11/06/2021, 2:31 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: Teofimo Lopez Jr celebrates after defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko (not pictured) in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)


Teofimo Lopez, the current unified lightweight champion of the world, is in his Kobe year. Lopez is currently training for his highly awaited November 27 clash against George Kambosos Jr. During an open media workout, Lopez spoke about his Jordan year and Kobe year, thanking them for paving the way.

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FightHype.com was on the scene at the City Athletic Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Teofimo Lopez hosted a media workout. ‘The Takeover’ spoke about not being able to fight for a year and how he is ready to make a comeback on the big stage.

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“They don’t wanna see greatness happen at this age, 24. I did it at 23. That was my Jordan year. I’m 24, this is my Kobe year. That mamba mentality, I’m telling you man and I thank those guys they all paved the way. And I’m just tryna pave the way for everybody out there,” said Lopez.

Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are two of the biggest superstars in the game’s history. The pair were good friends even off the court and Bryant credits all that he has learned to Michael Jordan, for mentoring him and teaching him his tricks.

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An entire generation of athletes in various different fields draws inspiration from the mentality and work ethic of these two greats.

Teofimo Lopez trades body shots with ‘The Mountain’

Body shot challenges are a very fun and comparatively less harmful way for boxers to test their strength and resistance. The trend of trading body shots with famous celebrities and athletes took over the internet in recent times. Ryan ‘KingRy’ Garcia is the one that made the whole trend popular.

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During an intense training session at the gym, Teofimo ‘The Takeover’ Lopez took on Hafthor Bjornsson, AKA ‘The Mountain,’ in a body shot challenge.

The former strongman did not hold back as he swung with all his force against Lopez, who is less than half his size and weight.

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Lopez surprisingly took all the shots and even gave back some of his own, showcasing his power and resistance.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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