Top lightweight prospect and emerging contender Teofimo Lopez has his next fight, as he’ll headline a Top Rank on ESPN card from MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, ESPN reports. There was talk of Lopez fighting in July in a main event, but in New York. There appears to have been no date/venue available to make that happen, but he’s back in July regardless.
Lopez (13-0, 11 KO) will face Japan’s Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0, 12 KO) in an IBF eliminator. As of their most recent rankings, the IBF has no No. 1 or No. 2 contender; Nakatani and Lopez are Nos. 3 and 4, in that order.
The 21-year-old Lopez has mowed down his competition thus far, most recently knocking out former European champion Edis Tatli in the fifth round on the Crawford-Khan pay-per-view undercard at Madison Square Garden.
The 12-round bout will take place at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The fight will follow the junior welterweight title eliminator between Maxim Dadashev and Subriel Matias.
Both fights will Nakatani vs Lopez stream live on ESPN+ (10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT).
Lopez (13-0, 11 knockouts) has had an extraordinary rise from prospect to contender over the last year. Lopez, who represented Honduras at the 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, has been known for his improved skill-set, one-punch power and post-fight celebrations, which include popular Fortnite dances.
In his most recent bout on April 20, in New York City, Lopez knocked out Finland’s Edis Tatli in round five. Lopez scored a highlight-reel knockout win over former two-division world title challenger Diego Magdaleno on February 2 in Frisco, Texas.