Teofimo Lopez was able to defeat Vasiliy Lomachenko for the unified lightweight title in a historic matchup. After the win, Lopez understood that the young hungry wolves of the sport would try to come for his crown. Young fighters such as Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis, and Ryan Garcia would all be formidable matchups for Teofimo. However, Lopez wants the crop of fighters to understand that he is the “A-side” in future lightweight competitions.
Although Lomachenko rallied late during their fight, it wasn’t enough for the judge. Lopez won by unanimous decision (116-112; 119-109; 117-111) and became the youngest unified champion in boxing history at 23 years old. He also became the first unified champion in the history of the lightweight division.
Teofimo Lopez Speaks on Lightweight Division
Alongside those accolades comes a host of new challenges. But, Lopez is confident in his abilities. He spoke with Luke Thomas on Morning Kombat about future matchups with the young and elite talent of the division.
“135 (pounds), you have the likes of these guys. And, I’m the king of it all, ” said Lopez. ” What can they bring to the table? Really, what can they bring to the table for me to make ( a fight happen.) I bring a lot to the table, you know?”
“I want to make fights happen. I want to make big fights happen. It’s all about who is going to be that top dog to make those fights happen? Such a big fight that people are just drooling to see. We have a lot of potential fights.”
Teofimo on Devin Haney and His Return
Lopez then went on to discuss his analysis of Devin Haney’s last fight. Haney won by unanimous decision but, many fans expected an early knockout.
“However, Devin Haney, poor performance from him. When people have high expectations, you have to (deliver.) I can’t speak for the other guys in the division, but I want big fights. We’re hoping for March or April.”
Lopez then went on to list potential venues for his comeback, listing New York City, Las Vegas, and Florida as hopeful venues. However, covid-19 restrictions may put a halt on filling those establishments.
Teofimo certainly doesn’t lack the confidence that’s needed for being a championship fighter. Right now for Lopez, it’s good to be king.