There came a point in Teofimo Lopez’s young and still rising career, where a proper ring moniker was needed to describe his meteoric rise.
As proud as he is of his home base, ‘El Brooklyn’ just doesn’t cover the gamut. Nor are his intentions to stick to one particular region or weight division within the sport.
“It’s the Takeover, man. Definitely. We’re the type to come up in here and dethrone everyone,” Lopez insisted during a recent Zoom conference call with media to discuss his titanic October 17 lightweight championship clash with Vasiliy Lomachenko. “The fact that we’re facing someone like Lomachenko is something that we can talk about for the rest of my career. I always knew this was a fight to be talked about because this guy is in the Top 5 P4P.
“The Takeover, we came up with that years ago. We’re someone different. Not only do we come out and win impressively, we (celebrate) with back flips, dance, things that maybe in football they do dancing wise. We just think outside the box. We just think of ways to entertain the fans. Come October 17, this is the Takeover.”
A showdown with Ukraine’s Lomachenko (14-1, 10KOs) is a fight Lopez has craved for as long as the two have been in the same division. From there came key steps to ensure a head-on collision as long as they both continued to win outright.
Lomachenko did his part, as the two-time Olympic Gold medalist collected the WBA, WBO and WBC lightweight titles in wins over Jorge Linares, Jose Pedraza and Luke Campbell. The wins added to his growing pro credentials as a three-division titlist and among the very best pound-for-pound.
BrooklyLopez (15-0, 12KOs)—who represented Honduras in the 2016 Rio Olympics—announced his arrival in emphatic fashion, annexing the IBF crown in a stunning 2nd round knockout of Richard Commey last December at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Immediately thereafter began official talks for their World lightweight championship showdown, which takes place October 17 live on ESPN from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The winner will be hailed as the division’s one true champion, though merely bumping off one of the very best boxers in the world in Lomachenko is hardly the end game for one of the sport’s brightest young stars.
“I look forward to taking more things and moving along,” vows Lopez. “Maybe I’ll move up to 140 after. Who knows. Who knows what my future holds.
“I know one thing, Bob [Arum, Lopez’s Hall of Fame promoter] is gonna call me the next Manny Pacquiao when I take over and stuff like that.”
Noel Galang – Kamao TV