Is Teofimo Lopez the Undisputed Lightweight Champion?

Published 06/15/2021, 7:30 AM 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)


‘Take Over’ Teofimo Lopez has put his claw on the whole lightweight roster, amassing four world titles under his belt. Just over four years as a professional boxer, the 23-year-old has already reached sheer heights of success. Hence, the upcoming journey would only enhance that image, as Lopez has already established himself as a top-tier pugilist.

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Still undefeated, Teofimo Lopez has walked through several elite boxers. While none of his opponents could crack him, Lopez is rightly one of the best punchers at 135 lbs. However, there’s some serious doubt regarding his championship status.

Lopez often bills himself as the undisputed unified lightweight champion, but many fans may not agree to that. As the lightweight division is full of unbeaten champions, Lopez would have to walk an extra mile to attain the status. Although he is already a unified titlist, an undisputed tag is still not on his corner.

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What belts does Teofimo Lopez have?

‘Take Over’ currently holds the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, Ring, and WBC (Franchise) belt. After his big win over Vasyl Lomachenko, Teofimo Lopez got hold of all the belts and tagged himself as the undisputed unified lightweight champion. However, a closer look at the scenario would put a dent in this belief.

Lopez is rightly the world champion for all three boxing organizations- WBA, WBO, and IBF. However, Devin Haney holds the real WBC belt at 135 lbs and Lopez only has the “franchise” strap. Unless he gets hold of Devin Haney’s belt, Teofimo Lopez wouldn’t be the rightfully undisputed champion.

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Furthermore, Gervonta Davis has the WBA (regular) belt at 135 lbs, which Lopez doesn’t need to claim, to tag himself as the undisputed titlist. But a mega-match between Haney and Lopez would stage the only man to have all four major lightweight belts in boxing.

Nevertheless, the matchup is nowhere close to being official. Both Haney and Lopez are making separate walks in their respective careers. However, the ongoing title scenario can put them against each other. And then, Teofimo Lopez can prepare to become the actual unified, undisputed lightweight champion of the world.

How do you see Teofimo Lopez’s championship status in the lightweight division?

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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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