Teofimo Lopez Sr. Recalls When He Almost Got Slapped by Mike Tyson

Published 01/09/2021, 10:44 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 09: Former boxer Mike Tyson inducts Evander Holyfield (not pictured) into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame at the second annual induction gala at the New Tropicana Las Vegas on August 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Teofimo Lopez Sr. is one of the best trainers in boxing right now. Like many trainers in boxing, Sr. had no proper experience but gained it while helping his son navigate his way through his career.

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Despite the hardships the two have had over the course of their lives, even Jr. admits that his father is possibly the best coach he could have had.

One of the few times Lopez Sr. was having a night out in the town, he met Mike Tyson in a club. But what happened when they met each other was something that no one could have predicted.

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“We was up in the club, I think it was on 10th Avenue 18th Street in Manhattan. I was walking in and getting a drink and walking by. Mike Tyson just came in and boom, shoulders by me really hard.

“Hard enough for me to turn around and try to hit him. When I seen him, I was like, ‘Oh my god, Mike Tyson’. He was with about 20 girls with him and he sat down.

“I was right next to the bar where he sat down, and he was lounging… I came up to him, ‘I need an autograph’, I got one of the posters from, you know, the club.”

He added, “Security told me to back off like, ‘He’s gonna hit you man’. I was like ‘Yeah, I want him to hit me’. He signed it and that was it.”

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Teofimo Lopez: Can he keep ascending under his father’s tutelage?

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 beat Vasily Lomachenko in a high-stakes bout in October 2020. The current Lightweight champion is expected to face George Kambosos Jr. next. While that will be a defense forced on him by the IBF, Lopez is still a very young fighter.

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Despite being just 23, Lopez is one of the best boxers in the world. His father has trained him for the entirety of his career and shows off the championship belts he got as a result of being his son’s trainer.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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