Does Teofimo Lopez Belong in the P4P List in Boxing?

Published 06/15/2021, 4:30 PM 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)


New lightweight king Teofimo Lopez is unquestionably one of the best fighters in the division. The undefeated American holds all four belts, and it took just 16 fights to reach the top. But just how good is Teofimo Lopez as a boxer?

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The P4P list in boxing was created to rank the best fighters in the sport regardless of the weight classes. While this is a very subjective topic given the many different weight categories, there are many factors that go into the P4P list. So let’s look at Teofimo Lopez and see if he belongs on the P4P list.

The 16-0 boxer features in the rankings after his impressive victory over Vasyl Lomachenko. ‘The Takeover’ ranks at #7 on The Ring Magazine rankings, #5 on ESPN, and #10 on TBRB’s list. Therefore, according to rankings Lopez is one of the best fighters in the world.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Teofimo Lopez Jr walks to the ring before the Lightweight World Title bout against Vasiliy Lomachenko (not pictured) at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

Is Teofimo Lopez P4P worthy?

The P4P lists in boxing are always heavily debated topics. They take into consideration many different aspects such as the number of weight classes fought at, quality of opposition, boxing skill, performances, and many others. So let’s look at all of these aspects in Lopez’s career and see if he deserves to be in the top ten.

In terms of weight classes, Lopez has fought only at lightweight. However, he has teased a move up to light-welterweight to prove his worth. When you consider his boxing skill and performances, Lopez is a quality fighter who can box as the aggressor or on the outside. Furthermore, his 12 knockouts in 16 victories show he has enough power. Therefore, he can do it all.

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However, the one thing that got Lopez into the P4P list is his quality of opponents. He took on fellow P4P star Vasyl Lomachenko, whose position in the list has never been in doubt, and beat him. Moreover, he fought his way up by beating good-quality challengers like Masayoshi Nakatani and Richard Commey. Therefore, he has faced top-quality opposition and is still undefeated.

Considering all these aspects, it is no surprise to see Lopez in the P4P list. He can do it all in the ring, has backed up the talk, and is the current champion in the division, while preserving his unbeaten record. Therefore, Teofimo Lopez certainly belongs on the list with boxing’s elite.

What do you think of Teofimo Lopez and his P4P status? Do you think he deserves to be in the top 10?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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