Former unified light-weight champion Teofimo Lopez, at one time one in all boxing’s fast-tracked superstars, is closing in on wrapping up his coaching camp in New Jersey and is getting set to return to the ring for his 2022 debut and first bout at 140-pounds. Lopez is ready to face Mexico’s Pedro Campa in the principle occasion of a Prime Rank Boxing card on ESPN on August 13 at Resorts World Las Vegas.
Brooklyn, New York, born, Davie, Florida raised Lopez (16-1, 12 KO’s), 25, can be preventing for the primary time since getting overwhelmed by necessary challenger George Kambosos Jr. in a 135-pound title bout. Kambosos was undefeated and revered going into the battle, however few gave him an opportunity; the Australian’s win was a large upset.
Whereas the battle was shut and an amazing back-and-forth struggle, most individuals felt the proper man acquired the choice. It was later revealed that Lopez, a vastly proficient and highly effective fighter, was not at his greatest, health-wise, going into the bout. After the battle, he addressed a torn esophagus, had arthroscopic surgical procedure on his wrist and elbow, and continued his remedies to get a deal with on his extreme bronchial asthma, a respiration problem he has needed to take care of all through his entire profession.
Campa (34-1, 23 KO’s), largely unknown exterior of his native Mexico, is coming in with an amazing document. Nonetheless, his battle with Lopez can be a serious step up in school. Campa needs to be assured having stopped his final 2 opponents, who sported a mixed document of 27-0. However, he has but to face anybody with the creativity, motion, and energy of Lopez.
Lopez, who represented Honduras within the 2016 Rio Olympics, turned professional in November of that 12 months and shortly began to rack up spectacular KO wins that had the trade speaking about him as a ‘can’t-miss’ participant within the sport. In victory, Lopez celebrated with again flips and dance strikes; he was a assured and really likable star within the making. Nonetheless, the sudden Kambosos loss was a shock and a setback. Possibly the loss was an excellent wake-up name that sparked him to handle his quite a few well being points and hit the reset button.
In current interviews, Teofimo made it clear it’s a new weight, new objectives, and a brand new Teofimo.
“I had been preventing at light-weight since I used to be a young person, and it was time to maneuver up,” Lopez stated. “I’m going to be an excellent higher, extra explosive fighter. I’m solely 25 years previous. My greatest years are in entrance of me,” Lopez stated.
Whereas some battle followers should still be within the ‘wait and see mode with Lopez, he appears assured that it’s a new day, the previous is simply that, and he plans to rekindle the Lopez hearth with boxing followers.
“I can’t wait to placed on a present for the followers,” Lopez stated. “Each individual goes by way of challenges, however I’ve put the previous behind me and am thrilled to be again preventing on ESPN and in Las Vegas. I’m calling this battle the ‘Take Again’ as a result of I’m coming to regain what I’ve misplaced. One defeat doesn’t outline a fighter, and it received’t outline me,” he stated. “I took over the light-weight division, and I plan on doing the identical at junior welterweight.”
What hasn’t modified is Lopez’s self-belief and confidence. The Kambosos battle wasn’t a setback, simply step one in a comeback.
“Pedro Campa is the beginning of a brand new chapter in my profession. I can be a two-weight world champion very quickly. Each contender and champion at junior welterweight higher be careful as a result of I’m coming to scrub out the division.”
The ‘Take Again’ takes off on Saturday, August 13 in Las Vegas.