Teofimo Lopez, The positive Influence in Boxing

Teofimo Lopez, The positive Influence in Boxing

By Amanda “Amazing” Armstrong

I have been talking up Teofimo Lopez  for a good part of the year now. And there is a good reason for it. He is Top Ranks busiest Olympic fighter, and 7-0, 6 of those KO’s, and he fought 6 times in 2017! Sure his journey is just starting in the professional ranks. Teofimo is well aware of this. But what makes this kid special is also who he is as a young man.

A few months back my friends across the pond at Knock Out London Magazine asked me about doing some pieces for them. They wanted to know about a couple of our up and coming boxers. Naturally I though of Teofimo! I chose him for not just his abilities in the ring, but who he is out of the ring. He is worthy of being called a roll model.

Below is a special feature from the main interview (you will see full interview on Knock Out London Magazine). I told the 719 Fight Team that they have the opportunity to ask a professional boxer questions… and here is that outcome.

 

 

Airtight Boxing, Weigh Ins: Collision Course

Airtight Boxing Weigh In’s Video Highlight

By Amanda “Amazing” Armstrong

Twitter: @TheCherryMama

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Good Morning Fight Fans! It Fight Day, It’s Friday Night Fight… you could even call this one Ladies Night! With a female banger as the main event : Paty Juarez VS Brittany Cruz .  Another pro bout with Amorena La Tormenta Baca VS Karen Carver in her Professional Debut! Included in this ladies night is an elimination bout Danielle Saldanha( fast and furious) VS DeAnna Tucker (tough as nails) !

Of course we didn’t forget about the guys. The guys on the card  are going to put on a show. Check out featured men’s bout Junior Columbos VS Armondo Gomez. 

Unfortunately Fidel Martinez Jr. will not be fighting on this card due to illness.

We will being going live at Ringside.

Tonight the card will start at 7:30pm

Imperium Event Center

3051 W 74th Ave, Westminster, CO 80030

 

Smith VS Rascon, Airtight Boxing: Ready 2 Rumble

 

Smith VS Rascon,

Airtight Boxing : Ready 2 Rumble

9-29-2017

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Roque VS Hasan Airtight Boxing Gallery

Roque VS Hasan

Airtight Boxing, Ready 2 Rumble

By Amanda “Amazing” Armstrong

Pictures/Copyright: Amanda Armstrong

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Sierra VS Melo Fight Gallery

Mario Sierra VS Arturo Melo, Airtight Boxing

9-29-2017

Photos and Copy Right:  Amanda “Amazing” Armstrong

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My “look back” of Andre Ward

 

GIF Andre Ward GIF

My collection of images and art of Andre Ward

By Amanda “Amazing” Armstrong

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As a traveling sports photographer I was so elated to be wrapped up in Ward VS Kovalev 1 & 2.  As much as I would love to see one more fight from him, it’s time to respect him. As much as I didn’t like the outcome of Ward Kovalev 2, I give him respect in his honestly about leaving the sport.

Andre Ward has put on the suit at ringside,  commandeered himself a microphone and a place.  He has made his career on his own terms, and he landed on top.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has played a part in my journey,” Ward said. “You know who you are. I could not have done this without you. I want to be clear — I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there.

“If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting. Above all, I give God the glory, for allowing me to do what I’ve done, for as long as I have.” Andre Ward

 

Andre Ward Art
Original Digital Art of Andre Ward by Amanda J. Armstrong , Posters, Canvas and apparel available.

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Kovalev Ward 1 By Amanda “Amazing” Armstrong

Ward Kovalev 2

 

Mario Sierra “Pays it Forward” on Airtight Boxing: Ready 2 Rumble

Mario Sierra Charitable cause on Airtight Boxing: Ready 2 Rumble

By Amanda “Amanzing” Armstrong

Images: Amanda “Amazing” Armstrong / TrihexPhotography.com

Mario Sierra VS Arturo Melo, an exciting match up on the Airtight Boxing card “Ready 2 Rumble”. On September 29th Mario Sierra will be fighting for Riley Heasley ( get to know him below!). Clayton Pay It Forward is a smart way to donate as a fighter. The cause always benefit, if the fighter takes the W or the L.  Zak Clayton Founder and President  works tirelessly to help raise funds for multiple causes with multiple events.  It is wonderful to see fighters do good thing like this in the community.  Read below the official press release.

 

Dear friends,

Clayton Consulting & Event Planning LLC. (CCEP) is very proud to announce a partnership developed with Mario Jauritoz Sierra, effectively creating the Clayton Pay It Forward Fundraising Fighters. Mario and the ClaytonPIF Fundraising Program are working together to fight childhood illnesses and other life altering family issues while selling tickets to upcoming fights and promoting to Mario’s Northern Colorado home area. Effective immediately, every ticket sold by Mario or the ClaytonPIF Fundraising Program, Mario will donate 1% of his winnings to a sick child or company battling child illness, up to 25%. We are currently selling tickets for the Airtight Boxing Promotion, Ready 2 Rumble, at the Imperium Events Center in Westminster on September 29th .This is a group that will concentrate on reaching out to kids in Northern Colorado that are battling illness, depression, or other afflictions to promote the contact sports, introduce them to alternative activities, and show them that Northern Colorado Cares.

Mario, co-creator, is our first fighter to sign on board but negotiations are ongoing with other young women and men to join our group. CCEP LLC., ClaytonPIF Fundraising Program, or Northern Colorado Cares will not be receiving any money for these hardworking young women or men. It is our privilege that they give of themselves to help Northern Colorado families in need of a helping hand. Mario will be fighting for Riley Heasley, a courageous young man who is fighting to defeat Pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN). A rare neurological disease that affects both children and adults. People with PKAN lack a chemical necessary to metabolize a vitamin in the brain. Without normal levels of this metabolite, part of the brain degenerates, causing severe problems with walking, coordination, vision, speech and swallowing. The illness is particularly cruel in childhood, when uncontrollable twisting movements can be extreme, causing pain and even bone fractures. Awareness is not affected, making the suffering imposed by the disease especially poignant. Many children with PKAN die before the age of 10. Riley needs therapeutic equipment to help relieve 2 muscle and joint tension due to a strenuous physical therapy regimen. After the whirlpool is purchased we will direct the remaining funds to the Spoonbill Foundation. The Spoonbill Foundation is the leaders in finding a cure for PKAN.

This group was founded to bring upon action.We at CCEP strive to help people that have emergency needs, our United States Veterans, local underfunded 501c3’s, children’s fundraising efforts, and our little warriors fighting roadblocks placed in front of them. We encourage all companies to donate or even better match Mario’s donation.

If you have any questions please contact us: Zak Clayton, info@ClaytonPIF.com, (970) 584- 6315, my direct phone. I am available from 6 AM until 7 PM on most nights. If I do not answer please leave a name and number with brief description. I will return your call ASAP.

Sincerely,

Zak Clayton

https://www.claytonpif.com/

 

Teofimo Lopez, Top Ranks Rising Star.

Teofimo Lopez, Top Ranks Rising Star.
By Amanda Armstrong
Photos Amanda Armstrong
While  on the road this year to fights, there has been one young fighter who has caught my eye.
I could not ignore the Brooklyn based Teofimo Lopez. My first encounter was at Madison Square Garden for Conlan VS Ibarra. One young boxer was walking around the Theater shaking hands and smiling before weigh ins. He had stopped to have a lengthy chat with Bob Arum, and both were all smiles and laughter. That night Lopez earned him self another KO on his record in a quick flurry of hand speed. It was also after the fight in the hotel lobby where again I saw Teofimo shaking hands with fans, and hanging out with family. Dressed in a sharp suit he signed his banner and took group photos (yes of course this is where I jump in). After the impromptu photo shoot I got to talk with father and trainer Teofimo Lopez Sr. (aka  Junior Lopez) and Teofimo himself. Both of them professional and polite, and Senior was one delighted father (rightfully so). That night coming off KO #4!


Teofimo Lopez at only 19 years old is now 5-0, and 5 knock outs. He is one of three newly signed Olympians to Top Ranks stable of fighters. This is how you start a career as a prospect! Teofimo Lopez started boxing at the age of 6, he stepped into the competitive ring at the age of 8. Traveling the country and working 6 days a week got him to 2015 National Golden Gloves. Next stop, Olympics. Teofimo set out to earn himself a spot on the team, more focused than ever. Long work outs, later nights got him the wins he needed in the Olympic Qualifiers. That garnered him the accomplishment of “Outstanding Male Boxer” out of the entire tournament. Unfortunately he was not chosen to represent the USA due to AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association) politics. This quickly crushing the dreams of Teofimo that he has been moving toward since he was 6 years old.
There’s always a plan B…
Being the son of Honduran parents, and holding a dual citizenship gave Team Lopez a second chance at the young fighters dream. He became the only boxer to represent Honduras in the Olympic Continentals ( also the South American qualifier, in Buenos Aires, Argentina). The dream was now alive but he was going to have to have to apply himself even more so for his passion. They were only going to take the top 3 boxers in his weight division, Teofimo would have to work.

Devastating left hook that puts opponents on the canvas. Under card Top Rank Conlan VS Ibarra
Teofimo Lopez VS Daniel Bastien/On Top Rank

The work paid off, making it to the finals after beating Ecuador, Mexico, and Argentina ( the host country). But Teofimo was about to experience another upset by loosing via decision against Venezuela. Many
had believed Teofimo had won and the boo’s were audible. Lopez still performed a backflip in the ring once he lost the decision.
“They didn’t want me to win,” Lopez said. “They came here to see me lose. I’m not Honduran. They called me ‘gringo.’ It’s like a slap in my face.”
Father Teofimo Lopez Sr.;
“I was expecting it,” he said. “They took it from him after he won the Olympic trials too. If we had represented the USA we would probably have had a better chance of winning.
“He won the fight. But I told him from the beginning, you got to kill this guy, otherwise you are not going
to win.”
Teofimo Lopez stayed positive leaving with the Silver and became the only Olympian boxer in all of
Central America.


Back to the Garden in the “Big Room”
Teofimo Lopez VS Ronald Rivas on the Crawford/Diaz under card.
Looking for KO #5 came quickly for Lopez in round 2 of 6, time: 2:21. But it was HOW it was done. It was
in devastating left hook fashion where the final blow came from. Lopez stuck his entire body into that pivot and unload his left hook. Easily taking the head off, leaving Rivas on the canvas wondering where he was.

A quick chat with  Lopez Sr.

I had a quick touch base with Teofimo’s father and trainer ‘Junior’ Lopez the other day. To ask about preparations for the next fight, and when will I see them in Las Vegas:

“Well we been doing this for 14 years we always ready we never stop working he might rest a couple days but we go back to the gym right away he is used to it right now we just working power and speed. Remember he is only 19 years old and hasn’t developed yet he is getting much much stronger every month. We really don’t know but I think we will be fighting in Vegas soon I hope.” 
On Deck
Teofimo Lopez is scheduled to meet with Christian Santibanez (5-6) in Tampa, Florida on July 7th 2017.

Olympian Teofimo Lopez goes for KO #5

Friday, May 19th 2017

Madison Square Garden

Photos: Amanda Armstrong

Today, Teofimo Lopez (4-0) weighed in and faced off against Ronald Rivas (5-5-2).  In 2016 Lopez was one of three Olympians signed to Top Rank.  And then in 2017 I was treated to my first Teofimo KO at Madison Square Garden. I had ventured out to cover Conlan VS Ibarra, after watching and meeting Teofimo Lopez I became a fan.  While waiting for Team Ibarra after the fight I ran into Lopez and many of his fans. We did a quick photo session, and ended up having a great conversation about his career. Lopez is a very personable young man and is definitely being ran as a professional business. With this grooming I can see Lopez rising in the ranks to be a super star with Top Rank.

Teofimo Lopez : 134.8

Ronald Rivas : 135.4

 

To watch the Crawford Diaz under card go to www.TopRank.TV .