Teofimo Lopez is now the WBO super champion at junior welterweight, giving the boxer more options moving forward.
Such a move would allow Lopez to become a mandatory at any weight class if he decided to move up or down. Not only that, but the WBO champion will also have the benefit of having an extended period of time to face any mandatory that may come his way. The news is significant in light of Lopez’s win over Josh Taylor, as he won the WBO belt. Thereafter, Lopez expressed his desire to secure nine-figure paydays that would put him in the biggest fights. So the status of being a super champion would do that.
The WBO have now made Teofimo Lopez a WBO 'super champion' at super-lightweight. This status means he will have more flexibility with his mandatories and means he can become Terence Crawford's WBO mandatory challenger if he moves up to welterweight.
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) September 10, 2023
A move up to 147 could also follow if Terence Crawford’s belts become vacated. Meanwhile, bigger fights at 140 could follow as a possible unification against the winner of Regis Prograis and Devin Haney may play out. So, moving forward, Lopez has plenty of options to consider.
Social Media Reaction
LETS GOOOOO!!!! 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽
— Giants Called Me, JOEL! (@Gilbertbelieve2) September 10, 2023
hard to hate on teo when he’s pushing for stuff like this 🙏💪
— Santi (@santiijsf) September 10, 2023
Well…props to teo.
— Jstone (@Stickthatjab) September 10, 2023