Former unified and lineal lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez (16-1, 12 KOs) makes his junior welterweight debut against Mexican veteran Pedro Campa (34-1-1, 23 KOs) at the Resorts World Event Center at Resorts World Las Vegas on Saturday, August 13. The pair squares off in the scheduled for ten rounds main event bout live on ESPN.
Lopez is back in the ring following his world championship bout against George Kambosos Jr last November, when he dropped a split decision. The defeat knocked him from the top of the lightweight heap.
The Brooklyn native, Lopez is preparing in New Jersey for Campa, a 30-year-old puncher who is unbeaten in eight fights dating back to 2017. Following a recent training session, check out below what he had to say about his ESPN-televised return.
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‘I will be a two-weight world champion very soon’
“The Takeover is back! I took over the lightweight division, and I plan on doing the same at junior welterweight. Pedro Campa is a tough opponent with an aggressive Mexican style, and I can’t wait to put on a show for the fans.”
“Every person goes through challenges, but I’ve put the past behind me and am thrilled to be back fighting on ESPN and in Las Vegas. I am calling this fight the ‘Take Back’ because I am coming to regain what I’ve lost. One defeat does not define a fighter, and it won’t define me.”
“I had been fighting at lightweight since I was a teenager, and it was time to move up. I am going to be an even better, more explosive fighter. You will see that on August 13.”
“I am only 25 years old. My best years are in front of me. Pedro Campa is the start of a new chapter in my career. I will be a two-weight world champion very soon. Every contender and champion at junior welterweight better watch out because I am coming to clean out the division.”
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