UPDATE: Is Teofimo Lopez Still with Top Rank? Next Fight & Contract Details

Published 06/14/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 20: Teofimo Lopez celebrates his fifth rounf knockout of Edis Tatli during their lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


After his upcoming fight against George Kambosos Jr. in Triller Fight Club on June 19, Teofimo Lopez, the unified lightweight champion, will return to ESPN and Top Rank. The 23-year-old has been a long-time representative of Bob Arum’s promotions. However, the relationship appeared tainted a few months back.

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Lopez appeared vexed with the financial deals he received from Top Rank after winning against Vasyl Lomachenko. This saw his title defense head to purse bids which Triller won. Per a social media post, ‘Take Over’ will earn at least $6.02 million from his next fight.

However, a win will bring him back to Top Rank with a better financial deal. According to the reports of badlefthook.com, Joe Tessitore broke the news on the night of Stevenson vs Nakathila. As per his statements, Teofimo Lopez has already signed the papers and the contract would last till 2023.

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Meanwhile, Lopez’s nearing clash with George Kambosos Jr. would be even more critical now. If ‘Take Over’ losses his titles and the undefeated tag, it would garner criticism and affect his stardom. However, if he bags a win, we can see the American superstar return in October. Already a PPV star, Lopez can secure some of the biggest matchups on his return to Top Rank.

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Lopez reportedly earned the biggest payday of his career when he fought Vasyl Lomachenko in October 2020. It was one of the biggest events of the year, resulting in a huge windfall for all parties involved. Hence, as a rematch can be even bigger, Top Rank can rightly settle Loma vs Lopez 2 ahead.

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Vasyl Lomachenko will face Masayoshi Nakatani on June 26 as he tries to revive himself in the championship ride. That said, ‘The Matrix’ has demanded a rematch against Lopez for a long time.

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If both men win their next bouts, they can rightly lock horns once again. Teofimo Lopez and Vasyl Lomachenko boxed till the final bell in their first fight. Considering things, the rematch might see someone go for a stoppage, leaving no doubts about who the better puncher is.

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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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