Lightweight is perhaps the hottest division today. Teófimo López is the most prominent name today among the large number of talented boxers, reflecting the outstanding career of the Honduran-born American, who is the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Champion.
Lopez’s name has long been at the top of the specialists’ lists, but his recent victory over Ukrainian phenomenon Vasyl Lomachenko propelled him to the top and gave a new dimension to the 23-year-old fighter’s career.
Teófimo fought the most difficult opponent so far and the possible best pound-for-pound boxer today in October last year. But beyond having beaten Loma, what stood out was his approach to the fight and his confidence in the ring, which gave the impression that he was the most experienced boxer and not the former champion.
“The Takeover” looked strong, dominant and is now also IBF, WBC, and WBO champion. That automatically made him the rival to beat and he enters 2021 with a higher hierarchy than he has had in the recent past.
More interesting yet, is what’s coming, his possible next opponent. Fans bet on seeing great names fighting each other. The eyes are on a possible fight against WBA champion Gervonta Davis, an orthodox vs southpaw fight that would be an interesting clash of styles worth watching.
However, there are also other names such as Devin Haney, Ryan García, Jorge Linares, Javier Fortuna and even a rematch with Lomachenko, all of them great fights that would be an excellent next step for Teófimo.
The year 2021 of “Teo” will be interesting and will pull the strings of the most talented division today. The public is anxious to witness his return and all the great fights he can make.