WBN Awards 2020: Teofimo Lopez named WBN Young Fighter of the Year
Lightweight king Teofimo Lopez has claimed his second WBN Award of the 2020 honor roll after being named Young Fighter of the Year.
The accolade goes to the most impressive boxer of 2020, aged 23 or younger. Previous winners include Canelo Alvarez, Adrien Broner, and Naoya Inoue.
Lopez had already banked the Pound for Pound Breakthrough Award earlier in the week. ‘The Takeover’ is now on course for an unprecedented hat-trick.
Despite Vasyl Lomachenko winning four nods in 2017, a record, nobody has ever won both Young Fighter and Fighter in the same year.
It could be a stunning achievement for Lopez because he continues to top the vote with less than twenty-four hours left.
PLEASE NOTE: WBN left out Tyson Fury after consultation with promoter Frank Warren.
Firstly, the current undisputed lightweight champion, Teofimo Lopez, enjoyed a breakout year in the pound for pound rankings after defeating Vasyl Lomachenko.
Lopez is already being linked to huge fights at 135 against Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, and Gervonta Davis in 2021.
ERROL SPENCE JR
The unified welterweight ruler, Errol Spence, defeated Danny Garcia after recovering from a life-threatening car accident in late 2019.
Spence answered questions on whether he was fully recovered unequivocally in November.
A former pound for pound number one, Roman Gonzalez, was written off when losing versus Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
Dusting himself down, ‘Chocolatito’ returned fire. He’s now a world champion again and aiming to break back into the top ten with a victory over Juan Estrada in 2021.
Now a three-belt champion at 154 pounds, Jermell Charlo is another fighter who had to come back from a setback.
Charlo added two more championships to his haul when defeating Jeison Rosario earlier this year in sharing a Pay Per View with his brother Jermall.
Cementing his place as the best fighter on the planet in December, Canelo Alvarez has the best resume.
He commands the most money and certainly gets the highest ratings. Canelo became a four-weight world champion when dominating Callum Smith in Texas to win yet another lineal title.
Making his Pay Per View debut in 2020, Gervonta Davis defeated Leo Santa Cruz in a breakout performance for the Floyd Mayweather protege.
Next year promises to be even more significant for Davis should he land a possible two-fight saga with fellow-nominee Teofimo Lopez.