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Teofimo Lopez

The rising lightweight contender — he was the 2017 and 2018 Yahoo Sports Prospect of the Year, but says he’s well past prospect status — is garnering plenty of headlines because of his concussive punching power and his ebullient personality. Lopez, who fights Edis Tatli on Saturday at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of the pay-per-view show headlined by Terence Crawford and Amir Khan, loves to be the center of attention and never met a camera he ran from.

Behind the scenes, though, is a young man of substance. He has a fiancée who has a job with Delta Airlines whom he lives with in Brooklyn. He supports his mother, father and two sisters.

His mother, he says, is in charge of his nutrition. His father, Teofimo Sr., is his trainer. His sister, Jasmine, is his masseuse. 

Gilbert Medina