At Madison Square Garden in New York City, undefeated rising contender Teofimo Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs) blitzed Richard Commey (29-3, 26 KOs) in two rounds to win the IBF lightweight world title.
Lopez knocked Commey down with a right hand in the second round and followed up with a savage combination that forced referee David Fields to stop the fight.
Lopez made history in becoming the first boxer of Honduran descent to win a world title. He is now on track to challenge unified champion Vasiliy Lomachenko in a fight that would crown an undisputed champion in 2020.
Now Lopez is planning for a very big year in 2020.
The first bout is a likely showdown with WBO, WBA lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko in a high profile unification.
Lopez has been chasing Lomachenko since last year, but the pound-for-pound boxer wanted the young gun to secure a world title first. Their mutual promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, brought them together in the ring in the aftermath of the fight.
The unbeaten puncher is over the moon with the victory, and he wants to make even bigger statements in the coming future.
“I’m at a loss for words right now. This is a dream come true," Lopez said. "[Commey] is a bad man. His shot could’ve done the same to me if he hit me with that shot," Lopez said.
“You all know who I want to fight next. 2020 is going to be a big year. ‘The Takeover’ has arrived, and you haven’t seen anything yet.”
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