Coming up Saturday night in Las Vegas, former unified lightweight world champ Teofimo Lopez returns to the ring after suffering his first defeat and losing his belts to George Kambosos last November. And, the fighter who was known as “the Takeover” now wants to be known as “the Takeback” for getting back on the right track.
The Brooklyn born Lopez boasts a 16-1, 12 KOs record entering Saturday night’s Top Rank Boxing/ESPN main event against veteran Pedro Campa (34-1-1) of Mexico in a scheduled 10 rounder.
And the fighters met with the media Thursday afternoon,
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For his part, Lopez made clear to the media that he expects Campa to stand and slug with him. And, “the Takeback” is ready for it,
“This guy is in front of me to stop my dreams and stop everything that we’re shooting for. Every time I go out there in the ring, I’m risking everything. I’m risking my life. We double down, every time. When it comes to me, it’s just me versus me, no one else. I thank God for that. He’s always in my corner.”
“My first loss? It was actually my 21st loss if we count the amateurs as well. So, I always bounce back. I’m always that type of person. The first step to success is failure. Saturday night there will be a lot of people tuning in.”
“Campa has that Mexican style of boxing. He’s going to be aggressive. This is going to be an all-out war. This is going to be a fight. And I’m very excited about that. I love competition.”
Make sure to catch Dan Rafael with me previewing Lopez vs. Campo on our latest ‘Big Fight Weekend Preview” by clicking play below,
Lopez, had been on a roll until 2021. This after defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko by unanimous decision for the WBA/IBF/WBO belts in October 2020. But, his long delayed bout with Kambosos due to promoter troubles followed by Lopez contracting Covid 19 and having to stop training last Summer led to the November showdown.
That’s where the Australian got off the canvas late in the bout before outfighting him in the 11th and 12th rounds to get the decision win.
So, Lopez is now back and at 140 lb. for this match up with Campa and we’ll see if the time away and the larger weight suits him in his return.