Live: George Kambosos Jr takes on Teófimo López for unified lightweight crown

Who is Teófimo López?

Teófimo López is one of the highest-rated pound-for-pound boxers on the planet who, combined with his outspoken father, is shear box office entertainment.

The brash, confident Brooklyn 24-year-old achieved that by comprehensively dismantling Vasiliy Lomachenko last year in an empty stadium in Las Vegas in what was just his 16th fight.

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López claims that he is the unanimous lightweight champion, but plenty more say that’s not the case, with his WBC (Franchise) not recognised by most fans, who will say regular champion Devin Haney is the actual WBC champ.

What is not in doubt that he already holds the WBO, IBF, WBA (Super) and The Ring titles and is being crowned by some as one of the Princes of a stacked lightweight division that featured Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis, plus unanimous super lightweight champ Josh Taylor lurking just above them.

It’s a scene that is reminiscent of the great welterweight/middleweight Four Kings Era of the late 70s early 80s – or would be if they can all arrange to fight each other.

López said he would knock Kambosos out inside the first round and then focus on some of his other prospective fights.

He weighed in right on the lightweight limit of 135 pounds (61.2kg), and looked like he had really had to work to get there, with Kambosos saying he was very dehydrated at the weigh in.

Will that come into play if the fight goes long? It shows that López will likely fight at a significantly higher weight – and he is a big lightweight across the shoulders so can carry that extra muscle well.

He is 172.7cm tall, a shade shorter than Kambosos, but has a half-inch reach advantage at 174cm.

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