Teofimo Lopez Vacates His WBO Junior-Welterweight Belt

Teofimo Lopez has followed through on his decision to retire from the sport of boxing by vacating his WBO junior-welterweight title.

The 25-year-old created history when he beat Josh Taylor to secure the belt and become a two-division/lineal champion.

While a victory gave him the opportunity to unify the division with potential fights against Regis Prograis, or a mega fight with Devin Haney, who could move up to 140, the ‘Takeover’ hung up his gloves.

“Thank you everyone for making the greatest moments in my career a GREAT ONE. Thank you Top Rank and ESPN for creating ‘THE TAKEOVER’ into a real thing!

“I am forever grateful for all of the sanctioning bodies in Boxing for showing me I can and am more than Boxing! What a career,” Lopez

In the aftermath, Lopez cited his displeasure with a variety of things which may have explained his reason for retiring.

The boxer is going through a bitter divorce battle while also expressing his unhappiness about his value not being met. Lopez did let on that it would take a nine-figure payday to get him back in the ring.

Regardless of what happens, the WBO has confirmed that Lopez has vacated his belt.

“Just now Teofimo Lopez is texting me that he relinquished his Jr welterweight title. We should respect his decision. If he come back, WBO doors will be always open for him,” WBO president Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel

And yet, the boxing community felt that Lopez would return.

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