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Teofimo Lopez: Right After Loma Fight, We'll Move Up To 140

No matter how long the sport is placed on hold, Teofimo Lopez insists there is at least one fight that will keep him at lightweight.

Given his frame and young age, there is concern that the recently crowned lightweight champion will outgrow the division in the near future. Such suspicions are heightened as the entire sport remains on standby in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Every springtime event has been postponed or cancelled outright, while Lopez’ multi-belt unification clash with Vasiliy Lomachenko-originally targeted to take place May 30 at Madison Square Garden in New York City—was never formally announced. That said, it still very much remains his first order of business—and perhaps last as a lightweight.

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“Absolutely, it’s tough but that’s what we’re trying to do—make that fight (with Lomachenko) and then move up to 140,” Lopez (15-0, 12KOs) told Top Rank’s Crystina Poncher during a video interview conducted from the confines of the respective homes. “Right after the Loma fight, we’ll move up to 140.

“My last fight with Richard Commey, I made weight easy but that was with nine hard weeks of camp. If we can do something like that, you never know—I might be able to stay a little longer.”

The clash with Ukraine’s Lomachenko (14-1, 10KOs) was all but solidified the moment Lopez stretched out Commey inside of two rounds last December. It still very much remains the plan, no matter how long it takes to get to that point.

The question afterward, is whether or not he can be enticed to stick around. The short-term goal is to conquer Lomachenko, which is the quickest path to lightweight supremacy. After that, the intention is to go from multi-belt lightweight king to multi-divisional ruler.

“The max I would go is anywhere from 154-160,” Lopez claims. “I love to eat. My family they call me “Gordo.” You wouldn’t believe it (by appearance), but my father was big.

“I’m not the tallest, but I can manage it.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Ajvar on 04-07-2020

I predict that if Lopez moving to 140 loses in the very first fight to a bum, all those problems with weight will quickly disappear like rainbow... same as Linares returned to 135.

Comment by Curt Henning on 04-07-2020

[QUOTE=hitmanjosh;20502347]For Lomachenko to kick that a_s good! All these fighters talking crap because they know they can’t fight right now. So everyone want to call people out until they really can fight and then all the dam excuses in the…

Comment by hitmanjosh on 04-07-2020

For Lomachenko to kick that a_s good! All these fighters talking crap because they know they can’t fight right now. So everyone want to call people out until they really can fight and then all the dam excuses in the…

Comment by Kannabis Kid on 04-07-2020

Yeah its unfortunate that COVID has stalled boxing as this is true something he has been saying for a while that making 135 is hard and he wasn't going to stick around too long. I like both fighters so I'm…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 04-07-2020

Anyone else see him pulling a Salido and coming in around 138?

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