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Teófimo López Jr. biography: 13 things about Honduran-American boxer

Professionally known as Teófimo López Jr., Teófimo Andrés López Rivera is an American boxer of Honduran descent. His fight name is The Takeover.

When Lopez was as an amateur boxer, he represented both the United States and Honduras. He has been competing professionally since 2016.

Lopez stands 5’8″ and competes in the lightweight division. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was born at the New York University Lutheran Medical Center, which has been renamed as NYU Langone Hospital, in Brooklyn, New York, USA to Teófimo López Sr. and Jenny Rivera, who are immigrants from Honduras. He has two older sisters.
  2. He was a bronze medalist at the U.S. National Youth Championships in Reno, Nevada, USA and a participant at the U.S. National Golden Gloves in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2014.
  3. He was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. National Youth Championships in Reno and a gold medalist both at the U.S. National Golden Gloves in Las Vegas and at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Reno.
  4. Representing Honduras, he competed at the Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and lost to Sofiane Oumiha of France in 2016. In the same year, he was a silver medalist at the U.S. Olympic Qualifier in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When he made his professional boxing debut on November 5, 2016 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Paradise, Nevada, he knocked out Ishwar Siqueiros of Mexico.
  5. In 2017, he defeated six opponents namely Francisco Medel and Daniel Bastien of Mexico, Jorge Luis Munguia of Honduras, Ronald Rivas of Guatemala and Christian Santibanez and Josh Ross of the U.S. all via knockout or technical knockout except Santibanez who lost via unanimous decision.
  6. He defeated Juan Pablo Sanchez of Mexico via unanimous decision on February 3, 2018 and knocked out Vitor Jones Freitas of Brazil on May 12, 2018.
  7. On July 14, 2018, he won the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas lightweight title by knocking out William Silva of Brazil at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
  8. On December 8, 2018, he won the vacant WBC-North American Boxing Federation (NABF) lightweight title by knocking out Mason Menard of the U.S. at the Hulu Theater in New York City, New York, USA.
  9. On February 2, 2019, he won the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA)-North American Boxing Association (NABA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF)-United States Boxing Association (USBA) lightweight titles and retained WBC-NABF lightweight title by knocking out Diego Magdaleno of the U.S. at The Fort Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, USA.
  10. On April 20, 2019, he retained WBC-NABF lightweight title by knocking out Edis Tatli of Finland at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  11. On July 19, 2019, he defeated Masayoshi Nakatani of Japan via unanimous decision at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA. Nakatani was his first Asian opponent in a professional boxing bout.
  12. On December 14, 2019, he won the IBF lightweight title by knocking out Richard Commey of Ghana at the Madison Square Garden.
  13. On October 17, 2020, he retained the IBF lightweight title and won the WBA (Super), World Boxing Organization (WBO) and The Ring lightweight titles by defeating Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine via unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Paradise.

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