Brooklyn-born unbeaten contender Teofimo Lopez was looking to make a statement Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in the biggest fight to date of his pro career..
Consider the statement made.
Lopez scored a tremendous 2nd round TKO over champion Richard Commey to capture the IBF Lightweight Championship:
Teofimo Lopez (15-0, 12 KO’s) is the new IBF lightweight champion with the spectacular TKO-2 over Ghana’s Richard Commey (29-3) in Madison Square Garden
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Improving to 15 – 0 with 12 KOs, Lopez wasted no time in taking control of this one. After Commey had done some good things landing a couple of solid combinations in round one, the twenty-two-year-old Lopez changed the fight for good with one wicked right hand.
That punch caught Comey hard on the jaw coming in, staggered him forward and then, he stumbled onto his side and his back for a knockdown.
Commey, now 29-3, was on shaky legs as he rose at the count of 6, but referee David Fields still allowed the fight to continue. It wouldn’t last much longer, as Lopez swarmed Commey, trapping him on the ropes and connecting with three or four hard rights and lefts.
With Commey unable to fire back, Fields jumped in once and for all to stop things just under two minutes into the second round.
Shortly after the fight, Unified 135-pound champ Vasiliy Lomachenko, who is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, climbed through the ropes, congratulated Lopez and did some promotional photo-taking (above) with the new IBF Champ in the ring.
Lomachenko, who holds the other 135 lb. belts, has previously criticized Lopez for not having won a significant fight. However, he conceded that Lopez’s performance now warrants his attention and a possible matchup in April
For now, it’s a night for Lopez to celebrate, as the son of Honduran immigrants who is now New York through and through. He also also has a sense of other huge sporting important events. That’s because in victory, he donned the LSU jersey of quarterback Joe Burrow, who won the Heisman trophy just down the street at the Downtown Athletic Club earlier in the night.
But on this night, Burrow’s fantastic college season was no more impressive than Lopez’s exciting KO performance to crown him, as a world champ.