Former world champion and current color commentator Timothy Bradley has massive praise for Teofimo Lopez.
Lopez went one-on-one with Vasiliy Lomachenko for every major lightweight title outside of Devin Haney’s gold. The WBA (Super), WBC (Franchise), IBF, and WBO Titles were up for grabs. Lopez pulled off the upset by scoring a unanimous decision victory. He handed Lomachenko the second loss of his pro boxing career.
Bradley, who was in the booth for Lopez’s win over “Loma,” told ESPN that he sees a bit of Roy Jones Jr. in Lopez.
“Lopez impressed me. I knew that he was special, but on Saturday he showed everybody that he’s a superstar. There are stars and there are superstars, and superstars typically do things just a little bit different than a typical star to reach that next level. The attributes that Lopez has — how brash he is, how confident he is — add in his timing, his power, all of those things together make him a superstar.
He kind of reminds me, with his speed, his timing, his reflexes and quick decisions on the fly, of a young Roy Jones Jr., one of my favorite fighters of all time.”
Bradley had picked Lopez to win the fight against Lomachenko going into the bout. He cited timing as the key to Lopez’s success against “Loma.”
Now that he’s pulled off the upset, many are wondering what is next for Lopez. “The Takeover” says he isn’t interested in giving Lomachenko a rematch as he feels the result will be the same. While Lopez also says he can make 135 pounds again, he admits that going after the light-welterweight gold against either Jose Ramirez or Josh Taylor is enticing.