Teofimo Lopez Scores a Dominant Sixth-Round Stoppage Over William Silva in New Orleans
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: July 14, 2018
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - At the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana top prospect Teofimo Lopez (10-0, 8 KOs) put on a dominating performance in stopping Brazil’s William Silva (25-2, 14 KOs) in six rounds. From the first bell, Lopez let it be known that this would not be a good night for Silva.
The 20-year old Lopez was able to establish his jab while controlling the distance and pace the bout was being fought. Lopez landed a left hook in the first round between the Brazilian’s guard that sent him to the canvas. For the remainder of the bout, Lopez showed why he is rated as arguably the best prospect in the sport. He showed a wide array of skills while entertaining the crowd in attendance.
It would only be a matter of time it seemed before the bout would be stopped. Silva was unable to adjust to anything that Lopez presented in the fight. At times leaving himself an open target to the 20-year olds pot shots. In the fifth round, Lopez was in complete control. In the last 30 seconds, he turned up the intensity by unleashing a barrage of hooks on Silva backing him into a corner knocking him down for the second time in the fight.
Before the match, Lopez predicted he would stop Silva in the fifth round. While Lopez missed his opportunity to get the stoppage in the fifth round, he wasted no time in the sixth. When the sixth round began, Lopez went immediately to work putting Silva on the canvas for the final time forcing the referee to end the fight. The end came at the .15-second mark of the sixth round.
With the victory, Lopez is now the WBC Continental Americas lightweight champion putting him closer to a world title match in the future. The lightweight division is filled with some of the best fighters in the sport including Vasiliy Lomachenko and Mikey Garcia. Lopez may not be ready for the elite in the division just yet, but if his performance against Silva is any indication he may be headed towards a world title sooner rather than later.
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