“Dynamite” David Lopez was born on March 5th, 2004 in Oakland, California. David comes from a boxing family, as his father Kris “Lightning” Lopez was an accomplished amateur himself. Kris introduced David to boxing at age 5 and still trains him today out of the gym Kris runs, the acclaimed Lightning’s Boxing Club in Oakland.
David’s family has been highly supportive of his boxing career, even when David chose to take a break and play football instead. They must have known it was inevitable that he would return and pursue boxing, as it’s literally in his blood and his life centers around the family gym. David is proud of his Black and Filipino heritage, and notes that his great-grandfather was a professional boxer in the 1920s in the Philippines.
At the young age of 12, David got the opportunity to spar with the great champion Andre Ward. Ward must have been impressed by the kid, as he later invited David to join the walk-out at two of his pro fights. In 2015 and 2016, he was ranked #1 in his amateur weight class by USA Boxing. Notable sparring partners since then have included Karim Mayfield, Aaron Coley, and Stan Martyniouk.
David credits Ward as a great inspiration for his boxing career, along with “The Best Ever” Floyd Mayweather. David aspires to follow in Floyd’s footsteps to become the next “best ever,” and he patterns himself after Floyd’s ethic of hard work and dedication. In fact, David is a mature young man who refers to boxing as a “thinking man’s sport” because of the quick wits and strategic knowledge that it requires.
David cites boxing as having taught him discipline and the importance of taking care of both his physical and mental health. He describes himself as dedicated and loyal, with a fun and goofy side when he’s not in the ring. In his free time, he tends to his sneaker collection.,
As an amateur, David amassed a 34-4-0 record. He developed a reputation as a boxer puncher who sticks and moves and always delivers when the stakes are high. In fact, at age 16, David got noticed when he sparred pro Kevin Johnson and held his own in an impressive multi-round showing. In 2021, at age 17, David signed with Mayweather Promotions, fulfilling his dream to turn pro. David is grateful for all of the support he has received in his boxing career so far, and he looks forward to his professional debut and a very bright future on The Money Team.