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FRISCO, TEXAS — Teofimo Lopez kicked off his 2019 with a monstrous KO and a bit a controversy with a seventh-round stoppage last night at the Ford Center.
Magdaleno was no match for the 21-year-old prospect, who drew blood on Magdaleno’s nose and cheek with an assortment of counter uppercuts and hooks. Lopez’s punch variety increased the one-sided beating as the rounds progressed.
The end came when Lopez launched a lead left hook that left Magdaleno defenseless for a follow-up shot that sprawled him on the canvas.
Lopez immediately commenced a victory dance, stood over Magdaleno and mimicked shoveling dirt on him. Magdaleno’s brother Jessie was infuriated and had to be restrained and escorted from the ring.
I mentioned on Twitter that I can accept post-match taunting when there’s a personal issue/blood feud between the participants. This fight was not that. Lopez was facing a man who wasn’t on his level and just trying to end the fight with dignity. The taunting came off classless and lacking respect, not “entertaining” as Lopez tried to justify. Hopefully, his handlers impart this on him. And, I’d urge the fans to also allow fighters, especially brash 21 year-olds, to make mistakes and grow.
Finally, this can’t all be put on Lopez. Magdaleno’s corner and the referee did this fighter a great disservice. Magdaleno didn’t have the power to turn the fight around and should have been pulled out a few rounds earlier. He came out for the seventh essentially defenseless, leading to this brutal KO.