In the co-main event of Eleider Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev 2, lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs) received a step up in competition in the form of former title challenger Diego Magdaleno (31-3, 13 KOs). It was a superb outing from Lopez, who only turned professional in November 2016, and he was an offensive machine.
Lopez thoroughly outboxed Magdaleno throughout the evening, showing off tremendous angles, athleticism, power shots, punch selection, the whole shebang. He scored a knockdown of Magdaleno in round six, crumbling his opponent with a left hook. Magdaleno, tough as nails, got up and survived the round, but it didn’t need to go on much further.
Sadly, it did.
Magdaleno egged Lopez to punch him some more. He did. And two vicious lefts knocked Diego out. The referee inexplicably counted up to eight before waving the fight off, and Magdaleno’s corner could’ve stopped that themselves. Take nothing away from Lopez’s performance, but that was ridiculous.
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Lopez’s celebration, which was capped off by a home run gesture in front of his opponent, drew the ire of Magdaleno’s corner. Diego’s brother, former super-bantamweight champion Jessie Magdaleno, had to be restrained. Teofimo is a supreme talent but it’s possible he’ll turn fans off for not showing some initial concern for his opponent after the stoppage, but he said post-fight that not everyone will like him, but they will tune into watch him.
From a sporting context, Teofimo Lopez is must-watch material, and he might be fast-tracked to a major fight later this year.