- Teofimo Lopez shocked the world on Saturday by defeating Vasyl Lomachenko.
- The 23-year-old is now the undisputed lightweight champion of the world.
- Fans around the world are now trying to predict who Teofimo Lopez’s next opponent will be.
This past Saturday, Teofimo Lopez shocked the world by defeating the number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world via unanimous decision. It was an incredible performance and now opens a ton of new possibilities for “The Takeover.” Today, we’re going to talk about who Teofimo Lopez’s next opponent might be.
Boxing’s lightweight division is stacked with exciting talent. There are several men that would likely give Lopez a good test. It appears there’s already one man on the undisputed champion’s radar.
Here’s what to expect!
Teofimo Lopez Pulls Off the Massive Upset Against Vasyl Lomachecko
For years, boxing media members have been arguing who the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport is. There are several men that have sat at the top of the sport’s rankings. That includes Canelo Alvarez, Errol Spence Jr., and Vasyl Lomachenko.
With an amateur record of 396-1, everyone knew that Lomachenko would immediately make a splash in the professional game. In just his third fight, Vasyl captured the vacant WBO featherweight championship. He then went on to win twelve-straight fights and won several more belts in different divisions.
On October 17th, Lomachenko took on Teofimo Lopez for an opportunity to become the undisputed lightweight champion of the world. Nearly all online sportsbooks listed Vasyl as the significant favorite heading into this bout. Incredibly, Lopez took the fight to Lomachenko and managed to secure a unanimous decision win.
This isn’t what most expected. Lopez was known as a tremendous power puncher. In this fight, however, he implemented a smart, calculated gameplan. For the first seven rounds of the fight, Teofimo pressured Lomachenko and landed several massive body shots.
The sport of boxing took a turn this past weekend. Fans around the world are now trying to figure out who the new champion should face next. Lopez himself is already calling out one of the division’s most exciting prospects.
Here are a few possible options for Lopez next.
We’re Already Beginning to Hear About Teofimo Lopez’s Next Opponent
The sport of boxing moves fast. Young champions often want to stay busy and gain more exposure with dominant performances. Obviously, everyone now wants to see who the lightweight king will be taking on next.
There seems to be a good chance that Teofimo Lopez’s next opponent ends up being Devin Haney. At 24-0, Haney is one of the top prospects in the division. On November 7th, he’ll be challenging Yuriorkis Gamboa for the WBC lightweight championship of the world.
If Haney is able to get past Gamboa next month, this would be an incredible fight. Lopez spoke about this possible matchup to the media this week.
“If I took that fight [against Haney], it’s just for bragging rights, just to shut him up and destroy his career,” Lopez told the media after his victory over Lomachenko. “That’s really what it is. That’s the type of person I am.”
It’s an exciting idea. A win for Lopez would earn him another belt. Of course, many fans believe that Teofimo Lopez’s next opponent should be the winner of the upcoming bout between Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz.
This bout is taking place on October 31st. Bovada, one of the best online sportsbooks in the US, is now offering odds on this bout. Davis is listed as the -500 favorite, while Santa Cruz enters as the +350 underdog.
Stay tuned for updates on who Lopez takes on next!
Welterweight Bouts You Can Bet on Right Now
The lightweight division in boxing is arguably more competitive now than ever before. Teofimo Lopez proved that the young guns are able to take down the best fighters in the sport. Most analysts still believe that the welterweight division is the best in boxing, though.
There are a number of exciting welterweight matchups taking place over the next few months. One that many are excited about is the fight between Terence Crawford and Kell Brook. It’s currently booked to take place on November 14th.
Crawford is considered by many to be the best boxer alive right now. He comes into this bout against Brook as the -1600 favorite. Kell Brook is a talented boxer, yet he’s entering this contest as the +800 underdog.
Just a few weeks later, a massive welterweight clash between Errol Spence Jr. and Danny Garcia will take place. Spence is coming off a long layoff after his car crash, yet still comes in as the -370 favorite. Bovada listed Garcia as the +280 underdog.
We’re likely to hear about Teofimo’s next opponent in the next few weeks. It’s highly likely that Lopez will be listed as the favorite against anyone he’s matched up against.
Who do you want to see Teofimo Lopez fight next? Which welterweight fight are you looking forward to the most this year? Let us know in the comments section below.