Teofimo Lopez gambles on a step up in weight when he takes on Pedro Campa in Las Vegas.
Lopez is on the comeback trail after losing to George Kambosos Jr last year and the Takeover will make his super-lightweight debut at the Resorts World.
Clearly, Lopez hasn't been overfazed with his opponent as he finds his feet in the 140lbs division and the Takeover is 1/25 to get back to winning ways. Campa is a huge 8/1 underdog and the draw is available at 25/1.
Lopez had been one of the stars of the lightweight division and the New Yorker is 1/2 to win by a technical knockout on his super-lightweight debut.
|What:||Teofimo Lopez v Pedro Campa|
|Where:||Resorts World, Las Vegas|
|When:||04:00am, Sunday 14th August 2022|
|How to watch:||Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action|
|Odds:||1/25 Lopez, 8/1 Campa, 25/1 draw|
The contest will take place on Sunday, August 14, 2022.
The fight will take place at Resorts World in Las Vegas. Resorts World is the latest venue on the Las Vegas Strip to host major boxing bouts. The resort has partnered with promoters Top Rank and staged its first fight night in May 2022. The 2,000-square-foot, open-air event and entertainment space has proved a big hit.
Yes. The contest will be shown live on both Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action. It will also be repeated at times more suitable to viewers in the UK.
Lopez is the red-hot 1/25 favourite. We have seen some huge boxing shocks in the past, but a victory for Campa would be one of the biggest in recent times. Lopez is 28/1 to win by a majority decision and the Takeover can be backed at 15/2 to win in round 2.
No. There are no belts on the line in Las Vegas, but Lopez is a former WBA (super), IBF, WBO lightweight champion. The Takeover lost those three belts against Kambosos last year but the American will be looking to move back into world title contention in the super-lightweight division.
Lopez was one of the hottest young talents in boxing, not just the lightweight division, but his career came off the rails at Madison Square Garden last year. The Takeover was unbeaten in 16 professional contests and in 2019 the American won his first world title when beating Richard Commey for the IBF 135lbs strap.
The New Yorker then defeated the brilliant Vasiliy Lomachenko to claim the WBA (super) and WBO belts a year later. That was a superb victory and Lopez was expected to make a routine first defence against Kambosos last November. However, things were far from straightforward and the Aussie battered his way to a split-decision victory on the Takeover’s home turf.
That raises questions about Lopez’s preparations and ability. Did the American simply look past Ferocious or was the outstanding Lomachenko victory a flash in the pan? What we do know is that Lopez is done with the lightweight division. The Takeover makes his debut at 140lbs against Campa and his future appears to lie in the 140lbs division.
Campa's record of 34 victories from 36 fights reads well. However, don’t be fooled by the numbers. The 30-year-old has never fought outside of his native Mexico and he has mainly been mixing it in low-key bouts. Campa did step up in class to take on Carlos Jimenez and Juan Antonio Rodriguez, but the Mexican was stopped in the seventh round by Jimenez.
There’s nothing on Campa’s record that suggests he will be able to trouble the Takeover in Las Vegas and Lopez doesn’t appear to have taken any chances with his opponent on his super-lightweight debut.
Junior lightweight contender Andres Cortes is in action in an eight-round contest against Abraham Montoya. The Las Vegas-born boxer is a perfect 17 wins from 17 fights and he will be looking to extend that record in front of a home crowd.
There are also outings for US Olympic silver medallist Duke Ragan and his Tokyo teammate Troy Isley.