Why Teofimo Lopez wants to retire? Unravelling 25-year-old’s shocking decision after win vs Josh Taylor

Teofimo Lopez outclassed Josh Taylor throughout the twelve rounds to win the WBO super lightweight title via unanimous decision in a matchup that took place at the historic Madison Square Garden. Lopez handed the British boxer his first-ever professional defeat seemingly handing no chances to his arch-rival in this super showdown.

Usually, a boxers career takes a significant leap after becoming cham[pion. Teofimo was also asked about his future plans now that he has secured the glory. However, the answer he provided came as a shock to many!

Why does Teofimo Lopez want retirement?

After winning the WBO super lightweight title against Josh Taylor, Teofimo Lopez made a surprising revelation. The interviewer asked Lopez what’s next for him in the post-fight interview. The Takeover hinted that he might retire from professional boxing and explained the reason behind taking this decision.

“What’s next? Maybe retirement. I think I need to take some time. I wanna help the kids in the boxing world. We’ll think about it. I have done a lot in my sport and I don’t really get loved enough from my end. I think that’s what happens when you’re great. You know people hate. But it’s too much on my family, the people that I love and these are the things that I thought about,” said the champ.

Teofimo Lopez is only 25 years old and looks to be at the top of his game. Therefore this news comes as a huge surprise as there is a lot that the seven-time world champion can achieve in the sport of boxing. However, the Takeover seems unhappy with the disrespect that he receives from fans and also looks annoyed with the amount of money he is earning from fighting.

Taking a look at Teofimo Lopez’s boxing career

Teofimo Lopez made his professional boxing debut in 2016 against Ishwar Siqueiros. The Takeover started his boxing career with a bang as he knocked out Ishwar in the second round of the fight. He carried on this momentum going forward as he finished 10 of his next twelve opponents via knockout.

During this period, Lopez won the WBC continental, North American, and IBF USBA lightweight titles. Following his terrific winning streak, The Takeover earned the opportunity to fight for the IBF world title against Richard Comney in 2019.

Lopez attacked Comney with his jabs in the first round to test the waters, then in the second round, he dropped him twice with many brutal combinations to win the fight via stoppage to win the IBF belt. Thereafter Teofimo squared off against Vasyl Lomachenko for the unified lightweight titles in 2020.

Teofimo Lopez absorbs a punch

Both the fighters’ winning streak was at stake but at the end of a twelve-round war, it was The Takeover who emerged victorious via unanimous decision. Unfortunately, his reign as the unified lightweight champion was short-lived as he suffered his first pro loss to George Kambosos Jr via split decision in 2021.

Hereafter he decided to move up a weight class and compete in the super lightweight division. Lopez is on a three-fight winning streak after defeating Josh Taylor in the recently concluded PPV. In his 20-fight professional career, The Takeover has a record of 19-1. Out of which he has won 13 of his fights via knockouts.


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