Most boxers would agree that they are rooting for their past opponents. Why? Because a win will just make them look good. If the boxer lost to that opponent, well it was because the fighter was really good and if he has a win over him it makes him even more impressive. That is just how it works to some
Now the undisputed lightweight champion, Teofimo Lopez’s stocks keep going up as his past opponents who he beat are having great wins recently. It is arguable that he is the undisputed depending who you ask, some say he still needs to beat Devin Haney but some say he already is.
One of the first tough fights of Lopez where he had a somewhat even fight was against Japanese boxer Masayoshi Nakatani. It was probably because Nakatani was a skilled boxer with huge physical advantage. He was tall for the division and had a tough chin to crack. Although Lopez won the fight, it was not an easy fight.
In his most recent fight, Masayoshi Nakatani also had one of the greatest comeback fights. Nakatani faced huge adversity in the early rounds, where he was even knocked down twice. Once in the first round and another one in the fourth round, but Nakatani never gave up and still went on to beat Felix Verdejo by knocking him down twice prompting the referee to stop the fight.
After the Nakatani fight, Lopez went on to fight for the IBF lightweight title against Richard Commey. Lopez needed to win the belt in order to get the Lomachenko fight. It was the only belt that Lomachenko needed to become the undisputed champion, so a win here will make a title unification fight.
Teofimo finished early that night as he stopped Commey in the second round. It was well timed counter that Commey was not able to recover well. In Commey’s last fight, he still proved that he belongs in the sport by landing one brutal knockout against Jackson Marinez.
Now, the latest fight of Lopez was his biggest fight and it was against then pound for pound king, Vasyl Lomachenko. Many overlooked Lopez to win the fight, but he proved many doubters that night by beating Lomachenko via unanimous decision.
That night solidified Lopez as the current best lightweight in the world. Vasyl Lomachenko has not fought since then but his promoter is looking to book a fight with either Commey or Nakatani. We already know how good Lomachenko is and is still one of the best boxers in the division.