LAS VEGAS — “The Takeover 2.0” is officially underway.
Teofimo Lopez made his debut at 140 pounds a successful one by dominating and stopping Pedro Campa in the seventh round in front of 3,553 fans at Resorts World on Saturday night.
Lopez returned to action for the first time since November 2021 when he dropped the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and The Ring titles to George Kambosos Jr. The loss didn’t come without controversy as Lopez dealt with health issues due to a battle with COVID and promised to come back stronger upon his return.
“I was at 135 pounds for nine years,” Lopez said of his 140-pound debut. “It was killing my body, since I was a teenage kid, man.”
He did just that against Campa and announced that he’ll be back in action on December 10 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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Lopez (17-1, 13 KOs) allowed Campa to be the aggressor throughout and repeatedly rammed power shots into the face and body of his opponent. Campa refused to back down and press forward but found himself on the wrong end of the 25-year-old’s power.
Lopez continued to land flush as Campa tried to find an opening. But Lopez was too sharp, too strong and his timing was pristine.
In the seventh round, Campa walked into a counter right hand that was followed by a left that put him down on the canvas. Lopez sensed that the end was near and began to dance. But it was with purpose as he used the move to lunge in with a left hook that rocked Campa. Lopez pounced on his wounded opponent and finished the job as referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight at the 2:14 mark.
Lopez said afterward that he’s targeting a fight with unified titleholder Josh Taylor but is open to a fight with Ryan Garcia and any of the other young fighters who have called him out.
“We want Josh Taylor,” Lopez said. “We want these guys. We want Prograis. We want Zepeda. We want all the belts. We want to become two-time undisputed champion.”
Here’s how it all went down in Las Vegas.
Teofimo Lopez vs. Pedro Campa live results, highlights
Teofimo Lopez stops Pedro Campa in the 7th
Result: Teofimo Lopez def. Pedro Campa via 7th round TKO (2:14)
Round Seven: A right hand is followed by a hard left hand that sends Campa down hard. He’s up but in trouble. Campa somehow is still coming forward despite the shots he’s eating. Lopez dances and steps forward with a hard left hook that rattles Campa. Lopez is teeing off. The referee steps in. It’s over!
Round Six: Lopez lands a sweeping right hook and puts a left hand behind it. Campa is taking some big punches but won’t go away. A hard right hand from Lopez lands behind Campa’s ear. Guess what? He’s still coming forward and throwing punches. And Lopez is still racking up points with a sharp jab and power shots.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Lopez (60-44 Lopez)
Round Five: Campa is still following Lopez around and walks into a pull counter right hand. That won’t stop Campa, though. They exchange along the ropes but Lopez lands the harder punches before circling away. Campa is landing but there’s no real effect.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Lopez (50-45 Lopez)
Round Four: Lopez continues to invite Campa to come to him and blasts him with power shots. Campa lands a combination and Lopez nods his head. Lopez lands a combination of his own and Campa waves him in. Lopez lands a big five punch combination as the round comes to a close. Good round for Campa, better for Lopez.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Lopez (40-36 Lopez)
Round Three: Lopez is beginning to light up Campa and staggers him with a right hand. Campa is still fighting but the power is wearing on him. Campa won’t stop coming forward but Lopez is starting to land with more frequency. Lopez lands a right hand that stuns Campa again. Lopez is clowning now. Completely in control
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Lopez (30-27 Lopez)
Round Two: Lopez allows Campa to come to him and lands some hard shots to the head and body. He pushes toward the center of the ring and lands a pair of overhand rights. Campa gets a left hand in. Campa isn’t backing down. Lead right hand from Lopez. He’s controlling the action throughout.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Lopez (20-18 Lopez)
Round One: Lopez lands a hard right hand and an uppercut. Campa eats it but is already weary of the power. Campa sneaks in a right hand and attempts to press the action. Lopez lands a right hand and follows with a left. The jab is sharp but Lopez appears to be timing Campa’s entry. Strong opening round.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Lopez
11:11 p.m.: Lopez walks out to Jay-Z’s classic song “Takeover.” Fitting but can he begin the next phase after losing to Kambosos? We’ll find out shortly.
11:05 p.m.: Pedro Campa makes his way to the ring first. Can he play spoiler tonight against Lopez?
10:57 p.m.: The TakeOver 2.0 begins next as Teofimo Lopez makes his return to the ring. As promised, Oscar De La Hoya is ringside scouting for a potential showdown with Ryan Garcia.
Xander Zayas crushes Elias Espadas with 5th round TKO
Result: Xander Zayas def. Elias Espadas via 5th round TKO (:23)
10:47 p.m.: Okay, then! Zayas put an end to the fight by detonating an absolute bomb of a right hand to the face of Espadas that sent him from one side of the ring to another. A devastating knockout and a performance that proves that Zayas is one to keep an eye on over the course of the next year. He’s only 19.
10:45 p.m.: After four rounds, Zayas is in complete control and wearing Espadas down. Espadas has been game throughout but he’s not taking the punches as well as he was earlier and his facial expressions suggest that Zayas is inching closer to a finish.
10:33 p.m.: It didn’t take long for Zayas to showcase his power and prowess as a teenager. A short left hook put Espadas down in the first round. Espadas is fighting back but Zayas is already showing why he’s one of the fast-rising stars in the sport.
10 p.m.: We’re live from Resort World for the return of Teofimo Lopez as he makes his 140-pound debut against Pedro Campa. But first, 19-year-old Xander Zayas continues his rise and pursues his 14th win against Elias Espadas.
What time is Teofimo Lopez vs. Pedro Campa today?
- Date: Saturday, Aug. 13
- Start time: 10 p.m. ET
- Main event: 11:15 p.m. ET (approximate)
Lopez vs. Campa takes place on Aug. 13. The prelims were set to go live at 6:40 p.m. ET. The main card will start at 10 p.m. ET, with the main event scheduled to take place at 11:15 p.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
How to watch Teofimo Lopez vs. Pedro Campa
- ESPN, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes
The Teofimo Lopez vs. Pedro Campa main card will be shown on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+. The prelims will air on ESPN+.
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Teofimo Lopez vs. Pedro Campa price: How much does the card cost?
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There is no change to the standalone PPV or Disney Bundle price.
Teofimo Lopez vs. Pedro Campa fight card
- Teofimo Lopez vs. Pedro Campa; junior welterweights
- Xander Zayas vs. Elias Espadas; junior middleweights
- Andres Cortes vs. Abraham Montoya; junior lightweights
- Duke Ragan vs. D’Angelo Fuentes; featherweights
- Troy Isley vs. Victor Toney; middleweights
- Charlie Sheehy vs. Omar Rosario; lightweights
- Jose Enrique Vivas vs. Edy Valencia; featherweights
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