The unified lightweight world champion, Teofimo “Takeover” Lopez (16-0, 12KO), is still excited by the unanimous victory achieved last October 17, in Las Vegas, against Ukrainian Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (14-2, 10KO). The victory of Lopez, 23-year-old of Honduran origin, has clearly elevated his position in the ranking, since he beat the former best “pound for pound” boxer.
After the release of the new ESPN “pound for pound” ranking, Teofimo Lopez has been listed as fifth best boxer in the world. The unified lightweight world champion commented the new ranking saying that it’s great for him to be included among the best top 5 fighters in the world. Lopez added that he dislike to see Vasyl Lomachenko just after his name and Lopez suggested “Come on, throw it out”. Teofimo Lopez continued mentioning that he is very happy for the results achieved so far, and thanked “those who have recognized all the hard work and all the things we have done”.
The lightweight division has always been one of the most interesting in the entire boxing scene. Many champions have passed from this category or have written its history. Even today, the lightweight category is one of the most interesting and challenging classes in the boxing world. Other than two giants like Teofimo Lopez and Vasyl Lomachenko, there are other great boxers such as Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia, all guys considered very dangerous opponents for the new champion.
However, Lopez does not seems so scared of competition and has declared that the rivals of his weight class are still far from being able to be pound for pound fighters. According to Lopez, all those guys had never fought world class fighters, but they are looking for easy fights. As such, it would not be fair to include any of them in the P4P ranking, at least until they have achieved victories against opponents of the highest level.