Bernard Hopkins Explains Why Teofimo Lopez Can Never Be Beaten

Published 03/20/2021, 6:00 PM EDT


Teofimo Lopez is the brightest prospect present in the lightweight roster today. In just a brief span of time, he has taken over the division and cemented himself as the unified king. In 2020, Lopez even got conferred as The Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year for his enthralling performance against Vasyl Lomachenko.

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The ‘Takeover’ overshadowed ‘Loma’ in a 12-round tussle and made a statement that night. He impressed many top-notch stars with his performance, including the veteran Bernard Hopkins.

Recently, Hopkins interacted with ES News and talked about Teofimo Lopez’s brilliance in the Vasyl Lomachenko fight.

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He said, “I didn’t think he was gonna beat ‘Loma’. That I know or think that he had a talent that was better than anybody else in the division except for Lomachenko, yes. But it’s the way he beat Lomachenko.”

“See, he beat him, it’s the way he beat him. No controversy, no bad judge, nowhere. This was a clean whoop a**.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Vasiliy Lomachenko fights Teofimo Lopez Jr 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)

As the fight began, Lopez began dominating Lomachenko and didn’t let him take control of the fight. The young American terrified ‘Loma’ for a major chunk of the fight, but surrendered some control in the concluding rounds. However, he stayed on top of his game-plan and kept the Ukrainian on his toes.

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Is this the biggest career win for Teofimo Lopez?

Lopez has a short yet attractive track record of 16-0. He employed the work of his life against ‘Loma’ and performed sensationally well. It was a highly rewarding fight with high risk, and ‘Take Over’ unquestionably did enough in the early rounds to not get overwhelmed as the fight went to the final bell.

 

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The ‘Takeover’ accrued millions of eyeballs with his sixteenth win and announced himself to the casual fans. Furthermore, he became a flamboyant face of the 135-pound division. Moving ahead, he’ll look to build on his scintillating display as he looks to trace the pathway to greatness.

Lopez has massive plans to become the undisputed champion at his weight class, and it’ll be interesting to see how things play out for him.

What do you derive from Hopkins’ comments on Lopez?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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