Top lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez scored another highlight reel knockout tonight, though one that maybe shouldn’t have happened.
With Lopez in full control of the fight and doing damage against opponent Diego Magdaleno to the point that the corner or referee probably should have already stopped the fight, Lopez (12-0, 10 KO) landed a pair of brutal left hooks in the seventh round to score a nasty knockout.
Here’s the finish:
#TheTakeover continues in Frisco as @TeofimoLopez knocks out his toughest challenger to date! #AlvarezKovalev2 pic.twitter.com/nbA7bhrSYR— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) February 3, 2019
Lopez had dominated the fight before that, decimating the veteran Magdaleno (31-3, 13 KO) with his quick hands, power, and varied offensive attack. Magdaleno was bloodied and beaten by the point it was stopped, and had gone down late in the sixth round. Realistically, the fight never should’ve gotten to that knockout result.
Lopez also stirred up some controversy after the fight, doing a huge celebration in the ring, leading to Diego’s brother Jessie, a former super bantamweight titleholder, trying to go after Lopez. Jessie was held back successfully, meaning we got no in-ring riot at least.
As long as Lopez suffered no injuries tonight — and none were mentioned — he’s expected to return on April 20 as part of the Crawford-Khan pay-per-view undercard.
For the fight, Lopez landed 119 of 329 (36%) total punches, and a gaudy 115 of 223 (52%) of his power shots, picking Magdaleno apart and doing damage, not just peppering him. Magdaleno landed just 44 of 259 (17%) total punches, and 37 of 171 (22%) power shots.