Behind the Scenes: Teofimo Lopez Receives Grand Welcome at Mike Tyson’s Podcast

Published 01/18/2021, 9:41 AM EST
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)


After Ryan Garcia, Teofimo Lopez has stumbled into Mike Tyson’s Hotboxin podcast, where the 23-year-old opened up on his life and boxing career, before and after becoming a World Champion.

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Akin to ‘Iron’ Mike, Lopez has also found success and has become a world champion at an early age. That said, he still has a long way to go in the sport. However, ‘Take Over’ Lopez is already a global superstar and his stardom is completely evident.

In a recent clip, we can see Teofimo Lopez entering Tyson’s Hotboxin studio to shoot their highly anticipated interaction. Meanwhile, he received a grand welcome and Tyson appeared delighted to have the Mexican on his show. Here’s a look at the clip.

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We all saw Tyson instigating a fight between Garcia and Davis in the latest episode of Hotboxin. So we can expect something similar when Lopez gets to talking with Iron Mike.

Teofimo Lopez- What’s next for the champion?

Following a big win over Vasyl Lomachenko, Teofimo Lopez hasn’t announced his next fight. But he might encounter WBC champion Devin Haney soon.

While Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis are touted to fight next, it leaves Lopez and Haney as the only two relevant contenders at 135 lbs.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, 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)

Apart from fighting at 135 lbs, Lopez has also hinted at making a move to the 140 lbs division. It can further intensify the tale, as the 140 lbs division is also stacked.

But Lopez primarily needs to fight all the 135 lbs champions. Ryan Garcia (WBC Interim), Gervonta Davis (WBA), and Devin Haney (WBC) are the 3 undefeated champions other than Lopez.

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2021 could offer fans some big fights, and Lopez is one of the biggest names in the mix. If everything works out, it can be a massive year for both Teofimo Lopez and boxing.

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Do you think Lopez will remain the undefeated World Champion in 2021?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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