‘The Takeover’: Teofimo Lopez’s Nickname Explained

Published 06/15/2021, 5:30 PM 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)


Teofimo Lopez needs no introduction in the modern boxing era. The Brooklyn boxer has come into the limelight real quick and he now sits at the peak of the stacked lightweight division. Back when he began his boxing run, nobody expected him to etch the super-stardom in much less time. But crushing the naysayers of his way, ‘The Takeover’ did justice to his nickname and is now among the most thunderous prospects in the 135-pound division. But why is Lopez nicknamed ‘The Takeover’?

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According to The OCR, Lopez cites himself as ‘The Takeover’ because he envisioned himself as a boxing star long back.

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)

The young gun Lopez made his first professional ring walk in 2016. Back then, he only had dreams in his eyes, but slowly and simultaneously, he turned his dreams into reality.

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The 23-year-old piled on to the top with constant wins and emerged as one of the most astonishing talents on the roster. With every fight, Lopez showcased an improved version of himself and came out with some of the most cracking game plans to overpower his opponents.

‘The Takeover’ is a sheer oppressor, and he certainly adapts an offensive approach to counter his fellow adversaries. Moreover, Lopez keeps his mental space on top and walks into every fight with a composed mindset. This approach has helped him tremendously, and he has undeniably seen some success with the same.

Can Teofimo Lopez walk down as a Hall of Famer in boxing?

Lopez, 23, shows a lot of promise to fetch a long roadway in the sport. Also, with the momentum he’s currently going in, it’s safe to admit that he’s on the right pathway to becoming a Hall of Famer in the game.

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Yet, to achieve the same, he still has to prove his worth against a number of worthy contenders.

That said, Lopez has a gigantic responsibility on his shoulders because if he wants to become a bigwig in the game. he’ll have to go through some exuberant tests possessed by his stout opponents of the 135-pound roster.

Do you think Teofimo Lopez will etch the legendary status to his name?

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Watch this story – Here Is What Teofimo Lopez’s Intense Training Routine Looks Like For His Boxing Fight Against George Kambosos Jr.

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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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