‘He Boxed the Ears Off Lomachenko’ – Bob Arum Praises Teofimo Lopez

Published 12/26/2020, 9:37 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)


Bob Arum’s favorite and Top Rank Promotions’ elite boxer, Teofimo Lopez, bagged The Ring Magazine fighter of the year. Lopez put a career-best performance against Vasyl Lomachenko in October this year. He now holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles.

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Recently, his promoter, Bob Arum, shared his thoughts on Lopez’s huge win of 2020.

I mean, that really stunned me,” said Arum.

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Not that I didn’t give Lopez a chance to win that fight but I didn’t realize that for all of his talk and his KO record that he was a superb boxer and he boxed the ears off Lomachenko who I guess was figuring that he would let punch himself and take care of him.”

Arum had words of wisdom not just for Lopez but for his opponent, Lomachenko, as well. As per Arum, the reason behind Lopez’s victory was Lomachenko thinking he’d dodge him in the fight. Lopez caught him numerous times and landed significant shots on the face and the body.

Lopez had enough at the end to win the last round after Lomachenko had won a whole group of those latter rounds, really terrific fight!” he concluded.

The fight ended with a unanimous decision win for ‘The Takeover’ Lopez. Many termed it as a controversial decision and felt the fight should have ended in a draw.

However, Arum looked convinced and had no questions about who the winner of the fight was. He even admitted Lomachenko winning an entire group of last rounds.

Read – Teofimo Lopez vs Vasyl Lomachenko Hits Peak Number of Viewers – Highest Since Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn

What’s next for Teofimo Lopez?

‘The Takeover’ has all the belts of the lightweight roster except for the WBC belt which is currently held by Devin Haney. It is speculated that he will take on the winner of Ryan Garcia vs Luke Campbell.

OXON HILL, MD – JULY 19: Teofimo Lopez in his corner after the tenth round of his lightweight IBF World Title Elimination fight against Masayoshi Nakatani (not pictured) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Unquestionably, Lopez will look forward to his lightweight title unification. Before fighting Haney, he might go for another opponent as they might schedule Haney to defend his WBC belt by mid-2021.

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2020 has proved to be an enthralling year for Lopez, and he will look to make 2021 even better.

Who would you like to see Lopez taking on next?

 

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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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