Athlete Icon Walks Away From Ring, Announces Retirement

On Monday, a young junior welterweight boxer announced his retirement, a decision of which would undoubtedly shake up the sport’s current power structure. 

Teofimo Lopez is hanging up the gloves.

Lopez made headlines following his dominating victory over Josh Taylor when he appeared on ESPN’s This Just In with Max Kellerman.

Lopez has shown his willingness to consider other career paths than boxing. Lopez said he has a lot of ideas and thoughts in his brain besides boxing.

He said it’s difficult for him to think if he has to spend all his time in the gym training for another fight. 

Lopez lost against Australian George Kambosos Jr. in a fight for the undisputed lightweight belt in November 2021. Lopez complained of difficulty breathing throughout the match, and it was later determined that he was suffering from pneumomediastinum, a condition in which air becomes trapped in the chest. The doctors and nurses could not believe he was still alive.

The boxer moved up to the junior welterweight class after that fight, and he has won three straight contests, most recently against Taylor. Before Taylor, his foes included Pedro Campa and Sandor Martin.

Kellerman couldn’t believe Lopez would retire while he was at the top of his game. After Lopez took home the junior lightweight titles, he was in a position to compete in a number of high-profile fights that might net him hundreds of millions of dollars. It has been speculated that several of the top lightweight fighters, like Devin Haney, Vasiliy Lomachenko, and Gervonta Davis, would like to move up to the junior welterweight division.

Lopez was steadfast in his decision. As the first male boxer in the four-belt era to win uncontested titles in two weight divisions, he was understandably happy with his career’s trajectory.