Is Teofimo Lopez Mexican?: Nationality, Ethnicity, and Background

Published 11/27/2021, 10:09 PM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 14: Teofimo Lopez Jr celebrates after his TKO second round knockout against Richard Commey during their bout for Commey’s IBF lightweight title at Madison Square Garden on December 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Teofimo Lopez Jr. is the unified lightweight champion. His father introduced him to boxing at a very early age and began training him. After a successful amateur career, Lopez looked to represent the United States at the Olympics. Despite winning the US Olympic trials, Lopez could not represent the US since Carlos Balderas already secured the sole entry for the lightweight spot on the team.

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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 a crushing end to his dreams, Lopez was then able to qualify for the Honduran Team and represent Honduras at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Lopez lost to eventual Silver Medalist Sofiane Oumiha.

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Ahead of his next fight, let’s take a look at Teofimo Lopez’s nationality and ethnicity.

What ethnicity is Teofimo Lopez?

Teofimo Lopez Jr. was born to Honduran parents that later immigrated to New York to settle down. His ethnicity isn’t officially stated. Since moving to New York, from the age of 6, his father taught him how to box, not knowing that one day he would be one of the best fighters in the world.

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Is Teofimo Lopez Mexican? 

Lopez is not a Mexican. Although he is a Latino, both his parents are native to Honduras. ‘The Takeover’, on the other hand, is born and brought up in the United States.

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

He is a tough New Yorker and does have American citizenship to his name. It was only when they did not give him his ticket to the Olympic Games, despite winning the Olympic trials, that Lopez decided to represent Honduras.

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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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