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Teofimo Lopez beats Pedro Campa, wants the next big fight


Via Dan Ambrose: Former 135 lb champion Teofimo Lopez (17-1, 13 KOs) returned to his winning streak with a seventh round win over Pedro Campa (34-2-1, 23 KOs) in a build-up match confidence at Resorts World Las Vegas.

Teofimo struggled in rounds 5 & 6, was beaten by rival Campa and looked the same way he lost to George Kambosos Jr.

In the seventh round, Teofimo knocked Campa down with his right hand, followed by a stab that left him lying on his back. In recognition of his merit, Campa got off the deck and put up a good fight. However, after being three consecutive punches to the rabbit from Teofimo, Campa was withdrawn from the match by referee Tony Weeks.

In retrospect, the referee should have stopped the action and warned Teofimo about illegal punches to the back of the head, as he had been using this punch since the early innings of the match.

Hopefully, we fight in December, and it’s going to be a great show like tonight,” Teofimo Lopez Sr told Fighthype. “Whoever has a belt, that’s what we want.

“If we have to fight for the empty belts, we will also get the empty belts. After this performance, of course. It will be a great fight, and it will be a lot of money. Why not? Let’s do it,” Teofimo Sr said when asked if he would be interested in Teo taking on Ryan Garcia in December.

“He’s just started at 140. He feels comfortable there and he’s happy. This guy [Campa] just came to fight, so that’s why he has that style. Ryan is also more of a boxer. They will combine well.

“I was shouting, ‘Entertainment, entertainment.’ That’s what I’ve been telling him since he was a kid. You have to entertain the crowd, and that’s when he starts doing his thing.

“I’m very happy. I even called round. I said, ‘You got him in this round,’ and he did. I know what happened to him during the fight with [George Kambosos Jr]. During that fight, I knew it was the illness that did it to him.

“That’s why he fought with all the frustration in that fight. But we’re back to 140. He’s relaxed. I see us stay there for about a year and a half or two and get all the belts,” said Teofimo Sr.

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