Teofimo Lopez isn’t here to only take over the Lightweight division, he is tipped to become boxing’s next global superstar.
BoxNation viewers cannot get enough of the Brooklyn boy, who's back on the Channel of Champions when he faces former World Title challenger Diego Magdaleno over 10 rounds in Frisno, Texas on Saturday 2nd February.
No promoter builds up prospects as good as Top Rank and their head honcho Bob Arum has forgotten more than most of us know.
Lopez, 21, is in good hands but his performances are making it easy for Arum to hype his latest emerging star.
Arum has done it time and again building Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto among others. Ask any of the Top Rank staff and they'll say they think that Lopez could top the lot.
Lopez turned professional two years ago and romped home in all 11 professional fights, clocking up nine early nights in the process.
"He's THE prospect to watch" 💯— BoxNation (@boxnationtv) January 19, 2019
21-year-old New Yorker @TeofimoLopez stole the show in his last fight. On February 2nd he steps up against Diego Magdaleno in Texas. #BoxingWorldWeekly pic.twitter.com/muwyNM4SxE
BoxNation viewers were mesmerised by his 44 second KO of Mason Menard in December. The bone chilling right-hand finisher was highlight reel stuff.
His signature celebration backflip has also got him noticed, but he seems to have it all and his confidence is oozing.
He warns: “2019 – it is the takeover. The takeover has begun. In 2019 you will see me with a strap that says; 'World Champion.'
“We're in the stage of my career where we can change boxing and bring it back. You all haven't seen anything like me in a long time.
“I'm an entertainer — got to entertain! My style – I'm technical, very technical. I'm very smart when I'm in the ring, like Albert Einstein. I'm like a Sugar Ray, Floyd Mayweather – I'm a boxer, but if the knockout comes, it comes.
“I've sparred with a lot of pros. Sometimes they would invite me to go to their training camps. I've been in training camp with Shawn Porter at the time he was fighting Keith Thurman, and Brad Solomon, helping them get ready for their fights, and they were both 20 pounds bigger than me.
“I also sparred with Guillermo Rigondeaux and Luke Campbell, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist. I've sparred with many, many, many professionals since I was 13-years-old.”
He blames boxing politics for not wearing the United States vest at the 2016 Olympics. Instead he represented Honduras where his parents lived for part of their lives, although his family come from Spain.
At the Rio Olympics he controversially lost his first fight against Frenchman Sofiane Oumiha, who eventually won the silver medal. After the defeat he turned pro immediately and is trained by his dad, Teofimo Sr.
The word is Oumiha is aiming for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics so revenge may have to wait, but one rivalry that is simmering nicely is with fellow American Devin Haney.
The pair clashed last week when they were at the Manny Pacquiao v Adrien Broner fight and it is already a case of not if, but when they meet. And when they do, it’ll be a beef to remember.