Teófimo López returns after successful surgery
Top Rank Promotion lightweight prospect Teófimo López (10-0, 8 KOs) is returning to action following successful hand surgery. The injury was suffered against William Silva back in July for his second minor title.
Lopez will (literally) test his hand against the tough, battle tested journeyman Mason Menard (34-3, 24 KOs). This will be a trial to see how good the hand really is for the NABF lightweight title.
The 21 year old Brooklyn native has been on a destructive run. All the while, performing his signature back-flip at the end of his knock outs along with the L-dance from the video game Fortnite.
These are only a few reasons why both fans and pundits like to watch him. Namely, his display of quick hands, feet and reflexes. This has many wanting to see how he stacks up against the division’s higher echelon.
Menard, a 30 year old Louisianian fighter, has been in the ring with the better competition. Though losing to the likes of Devin Haney and Raymundo Beltran, he holds big victories over Bahodir Mamadjonov, Eudy Bernardo and Carlos Cardenas.
Bringing the experience factor, this is an opportunity to get back into the mix in a very talented division. A victory against a the young prospect would be a huge bump in his career.
López is also the WBC Continental Americas lightweight title holder. He has knocked out every opponent when fighting at MSG arena.
Menard has lost 2 of 3 fights when traveling outside of Louisiana. He also has once fought for the NABF lightweight title in defeat.
López will have the height, reach, power and home crowd advantages going into this fight. He will be looking to show the injury hasn’t slowed him down at all.
This bout is undercard to the unification match between Lomachenko and Pedraza, at Madison Square Garden Theater, New York on December 8th.
By: Garrisson Bland