Mike Tyson Backed Teofimo Lopez to Win the 140-Pound Belt

Published 01/11/2022, 10:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: Former boxer Mike Tyson attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Teofimo Lopez, on his last outing, ended up losing all his lightweight straps. In this fight, he collided with fellow undefeated fighter, George Kambosos Jr. who pulled off an upset. Now, Lopez is expected to move up in a weight class, to find some success in the super-lightweight frame.

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Even while he relished his time in the lightweight division, Lopez and his father always seemed assertive about moving up. On top of this, the father-son duo was on Mike Tyson’s podcast last year. Here, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ backed Lopez and his father to win the 140-pound strap.

While clicking a picture with both of them, Tyson said, ”You guys gonna get that 140 (pound) belt”

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Teofimo Lopez and his team were keen on beating George Kambosos Jr. to leave the lightweight division on an impeccable note. Also, Lopez, for a long time now, expressed his interest in confronting the undisputed lightweight champ, Josh Taylor.

That said, irrespective of the results against George Kambosos Jr., ‘The Takeover’ will look to place his foot in the 140-pound roster.

Lopez is a rugged performer who enjoys chasing his opponents from the first bell itself. His approach worked wonders for him until he faced Kambosos Jr. The Australian pugilist made Lopez pay for his constant rush by dropping him in the first round itself.

The scuffle turned violent between the two men. In the end, Kambosos Jr. remained victorious. But Lopez’s performance and mindset assured him of a stellar run in the super-lightweight division.

Teofimo Lopez – On the brink of some success in the 140-pound division?

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Teofimo Lopez won’t get a shot towards the undisputed champ, Josh Taylor right next. As a result, he’ll have to look for other big names, who could take him close to a fight with ‘The Tartan Tornado’.

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

Lopez competed only once in the 140-pound frame. However, fighting someone in that weight class after a while will be a challenge for him.

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Jose Ramirez, Regis Prograis are some stout names Lopez can align himself with. It’ll be interesting to see what Lopez and his team come up with.

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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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