In depth: Teofimo Lopez, boxing’s raging wildfire

March 5th, 2019

By Dennis Taylor

This week’s featured guest on The Ringside Boxing Show is arguably the most-electrifying young boxer in the sport, Teofimo Lopez Jr., whose 12-0 record includes 10 KOs, most of them highlight reel knockouts.

In addition to speed, balance, otherworldly punching power, this 21-year-old meteorite also has the kind of love-him-or-hate-him charisma we haven’t seen since the days of Prince Naseem Hamed, Macho Camacho, Jorge Paez, and Muhammad Ali: Backflips in the ring … home run trots … crazy dances … all of which drives his New York fans into a frenzy.

His father, Teofimo Sr., has his own unique personality, with no fear of controversy, including the very strong opinion that Vasyl Lomachenko wants no part of his son at 135 pounds.

We interview both son and father on this edition, and it’s a wild and interesting ride.

Listen to the Teofimo interview here, or visit to hear the complete show.

Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," an Amazon bestseller.

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