On Saturday evening, Teofimo Lopez completed what he sought out to do when he started his skilled boxing profession in 2016: beat Vasiliy Lomachenko and take over the game.
Lopez did that by getting aggressive and constructing an early lead on the judges’ scorecards within the light-weight unification bout in opposition to Lomachenko on the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Lopez, the IBF champion, held off a gentle cost within the late rounds by Lomachenko and took all three of his world titles with the unanimous determination win.
Now, Lopez is the undisputed light-weight champion and maybe turned one of many faces of boxing after beating Lomachenko, who entered Saturday as ESPN’s No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound fighter.
The Brooklyn native was extensively praised on social media by a few of sports activities’ greatest stars and A-list celebrities.
Brooklyn was undoubtedly in the home tonight. Lopez is the person to beat. One other Brooklyn champion. #LomaLopez
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) October 18, 2020
World Champion @TeofimoLopez confirmed nice energy and ability tonight as he took down the reigning champion Vasiliy Lomachenko. What a battle!!💪🏾🥊
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 18, 2020
— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) October 18, 2020
A few of boxing’s finest lauded the 23-year-old Lopez:
Congratulations to @TeofimoLopez for an undisputed nice efficiency.
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) October 18, 2020
— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) October 18, 2020
I received my battle in opposition to luke Campbell however I might like to battle Lopez, there may be nonetheless a whole lot of unanswered questions on this light-weight division
— Ryan Garcia (@KingRyanG) October 18, 2020
Win, lose, or draw. You gotta give Teofimo his credit score. What number of younger champions are combating a pond for pound champion, of their FIRST protection?#LomaLopez
— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) October 18, 2020
— Kell Brook (@SpecialKBrook) October 18, 2020
Lopez vs Haney 2021
Let’s do It! #AllTheBelts
— Devin Haney (@Realdevinhaney) October 18, 2020
Teofimo has brains and brawn however he is a BRUTE & the TRUTH.
— Sergio Mora (@TheLatinSnake_) October 18, 2020
Omg the whole lot you went by made you for this second @TeofimoLopez
— Franchón Crews-Dezurn (@TheHHDiva) October 18, 2020
I mentioned this quote earlier than… Be careful for these Younger Lions 🦁…Congrats @TeofimoLopez
— Eddie Chambers (@champfasteddie) October 18, 2020
Congrats to @TeofimoLopez hell of a present
— Andre Berto (@AndreBerto) October 18, 2020
Simply to large and powerful!! I assumed Loma can be ok to grind out the win however Teofimo was sensible tonight. Nicely deserved champ, youngest 4 belt champ in historical past 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #LomaLopez
— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) October 18, 2020
Lopez actually grabbed the eye of prime athletes in different sports activities on Saturday evening:
Y’all gone begin listening to me about this boxing 🤷🏽♂️ … 119-109 was wild however I do not need to hear excuses. Nice efficiency by @teofimolopez
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) October 18, 2020
Lopez fasho gained although🤣🔥🔥🔥💯
— Trae Younger (@TheTraeYoung) October 18, 2020
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) October 18, 2020
Able to see my dawg @Gervontaa battle. Him and Lopez can be a great one!
— Keenan Allen (@Keenan13Allen) October 18, 2020
Loma waited to lengthy to get busy level clean, Lopez is legit doe 👌🏾
— Tavon Younger (@TY_Real1) October 18, 2020