Teofimo Lopez made his much-anticipated return to the ring this Saturday vs Pedro Campa in Las Vegas. Coming into the fight, the 25-year-old former undisputed champion Lopez, was 16-1 (12 KOs) coming off his first defeat to George Kambosos in their undisputed lightweight title match last November.
Lopez was making his debut at 140 lbs against Pedro Campa, a man with a 4-fight-winning streak and coming into the fight 34-1-1 (23 KOs).
After his last performance, many wondered if Teofimo would return the same, overly confident, and overly eager for the knockout. The fight began with Teofimo being more patient but still landing shots when he would let them go. It was apparent from the start there was a clear speed advantage for Lopez when the two would exchange.
Teofimo Lopez Knockouts Out Pedro Campa
Throughout the fight, Campa was coming forward the majority of the time, trying to overwhelm the young Lopez with volume. However, Lopez was able to avoid most meaningful shots and return with hard combinations that Campa continued to walk through.
Teofimo was visibility comfortable in the ring, taunting his opponent on the ropes with dancing and making Campa hit the air as he would swing.
By round 6 Campa was starting to swell around his left eye, as Lopez continued to evade and land combinations on the ever-advancing Campa. In Round 7 Lopez drops Campa with a rapid two-punch combination.
Campa shows his grit and rises to his feet to continue to fight. However, Lopez would only start to land more combinations and back Campa into the ropes until the Referee had seen enough and waved the fight off.
It was a much-needed performance for Lopez as he improves to 17-1 (13 KOs) in his first fight in his new division of 140 lbs. Campa on the other hand falls to 34-2-1 and suffered his first defeat in his last nine fights.
After showing he can hang in the heavier division, there are many options for Lopez at 140 lbs and many intriguing matchups to be made in his future.
By Max Rhoades