Teofimo Lopez is determined to take over the Lightweight division.
Brooklyn’s Lopez (10-0, 8 KOs) faces Mason Menard (34-3, 24 KOs) for the vacant NABF Lightweight Title at Madison Square Garden Theater on December 8th, live on BoxNation.
Their 10-rounder is the first televised fight on the Vasyl Lomachenko v Jose Pedraza Lightweight unification card.
Isaac Dogboe’s WBO Super-Bantamweight Title defence against Emanuel Navarrete is the second World Title fight on what promises to be one of the most exciting cards this year on the Channel of Champions.
Lopez, 21, is promising to grab the limelight from Lomachenko and Dogboe, proclaiming: “I am going to steal the show once again. It’s my night. It’s time to finish 2018 with a bang.
“Expect a big celebration after I stop Mason Menard. I was born in Brooklyn, so you know I have to represent my hometown.”
Lopez has emerged as a serious prospect this year with three impressive wins and is noted for his celebration dances.
In May, on the Lomachenko v Jorge Linares undercard in New York, he knocked out Vitor Jones Freitas in the opening round and went viral after performing the 'Take The L' dance from the popular Fortnite video game.
He last fought on July 14th in New Orleans, knocking out the durable William Silva in six rounds despite suffering a broken right hand earlier in the contest.
Menard, 30, lost early in his career, but his other setbacks came against former WBO Champion Reymundo Beltran and unbeaten prospect Devin Haney.