Teofimo Lopez Exposes the Lightweight Division: “They All Wanna Be Mayweather and $100m Dollars”

Published 03/09/2021, 10:00 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)


Teofimo Lopez, the 23-year-old unified lightweight champion, bills himself superior to every other titleholder in the roster. Although there are several unbeaten champions, ‘Take Over’ still claims to have attained more than them in his pro career.

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By beating Vasyl Lomachenko, he has put his hands on all the 135 lbs world title. Meanwhile, Lopez has also pointed at some personal features that distinguish him from the other young pugilists. While most boxers choose to be brashy and lead an extravagant life off-canvas, Lopez claims to have walked a different path.

According to Badleft Hook, ‘Take Over’ connected with Fighthub and talked about the entire 135 lbs division and how it contrasted with him.

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“I became undisputed, I got all the belts. And unlike some fighters and some people, they may go and celebrate, go on vacation and wait to get a fight. Nah, man. I don’t know what it was but when I accomplished that and the history behind it, not only did it humble me but it drove me even more,” said Teofimo Lopez.

Adding to that, Lopez tagged the new generation as “wannabe” Floyd Mayweathers, searching only for money. But he also billed how Mayweather has worked hard throughout, which most boxers don’t accept.

‘Take Over’ said, “They all wanna be Mayweather and $100m dollars but look at Floyd. Floyd trained like he was broke… and he was still able to live his life and not blow up. So, what’s their excuse? I’m just the truth, man. Just say it how it is.”

The bigger steps of Teofimo Lopez

As Lopez continues to ridicule the current lightweight roster, he seems to craft his own way to superstardom. Following a blockbuster showdown against Lomachenko, Lopez has proved that he needs no banner to boost his brand.

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His upcoming fight against George Kambosos has also become a matter of debate. Surpassing his stable Top Rank, Lopez has bagged a lucrative $6.02 million purse bid from Triller. And he has already envisioned himself as a free agent in the future.

Teofimo Lopez’s in-ring dominance has already allured the boxing world and now he is turning himself into a household future with some smart off-canvas moves. If he continues to be on the right path, we might see him become the ‘Next Floyd Mayweather’ or ‘The First Teofimo Lopez’.

Do you think Teofimo Lopez will ‘TakeOver’ the entire sport?

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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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