Teofimo Lopez heads into his return to motion after defeat to George Kambosos Jr. with a well-recognized feeling.
It has been almost two years since Lopez has fought on ESPN. The previous light-weight king is primed to return devastatingly.
Teofimo Lopez in Las Vegas
Lopez will make his junior welterweight debut Saturday night within the 10-round most important occasion in opposition to Pedro “Roca” Campa on the Resorts World Occasion Middle at Resorts World Las Vegas.
Lopez sounded able to rumble to debate his comeback and transfer up in weight.
“It feels nice to be again right here on ESPN, the best platform on the earth. I can’t wait to indicate why Teofimo is the best of all time,” he mentioned.
“A real champion by no means will get distracted. This isn’t my first rodeo – twenty-one years within the recreation.
“Blood, sweat, and tears. Do your analysis. See it. 5-time world champion. We’re simply right here to dominate and do what we all the time do: entertain.”
“This man is in entrance of me to cease my desires and all the pieces we’re capturing for. Each time I’m going out within the ring, I danger all the pieces.
“I’m risking my life. We double down each time. In terms of me, it’s simply me versus me, nobody else. I thank God for that. He’s all the time in my nook.”
Teofimo Lopez – 21 losses
“My first loss? It was my twenty first loss if we depend the amateurs as properly. So, I all the time bounce again. I’m all the time that kind of particular person. Step one to success is a failure. Saturday night time, there can be lots of people tuning in.”
“Campa has that Mexican model of boxing. He’s going to be aggressive. That is going to be an all-out struggle. That is going to be a struggle. And I’m very enthusiastic about that. I like competitors.”
Campa acknowledged: “I’m coming very properly ready. I do know what I’ll do within the ring as a result of I do know the sort of fighter in entrance of me.
“He is a superb fighter on the earth of boxing. However I’m concentrated. I’m very ready for my struggle.”
“We all know the sort of fighter we can be preventing this Saturday. Actually, I skilled very laborious as a result of, as I repeat, we all know the sort of opponent we have now. Manny Robles is a coach with an excellent understanding. He is aware of what he desires me to do, and I’m able to obey what he says.”
“We are able to do attention-grabbing issues within the ring. Firstly, I believe I’m coming for the victory. By any means crucial, I wish to take the victory to Mexico and for my individuals in Guaymas and Sonora.”
Within the eight-round junior middleweight co-feature, Puerto Rican sensation Xander Zayas will face Mexican veteran Elias Espadas. Lopez-Campa and Zayas-Espadas can be broadcast stay on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
“It was an excellent camp. I really feel prepared. We’re going to placed on an excellent present this Saturday night time,” mentioned Zayas.
“It’s about having your desires and figuring out what you wish to do in life. I’ve my targets clearly laid out. I don’t doubt that I can obtain each certainly one of them.”
“We all know that Elias Espadas is a Mexican warrior who’s coming with lots of motivation. He has by no means been knocked out. However I don’t really feel any stress. We’re going to receive the victory. We all know what we have now to do within the ring. It doesn’t matter how he’ll come. I’ll deliver that regional WBO title again to Puerto Rico.”
Espadas commented: “Xander is a superb fighter. He’s a younger man who’s on the rise. I really feel assured.
“I’m assured within the preparation that we have now accomplished. I do know that this Saturday, we are going to placed on an excellent present.”
“The one that will win the struggle is the one who most desires to win that night time, and I’ve a robust need to win. That’s why I say that will probably be an excellent struggle.”
“This Saturday, Mexico is popping out on prime. He desires to win, and I wish to win. And on Saturday, we are going to reveal that.”
The undercard — streaming stay and solely on ESPN+ at 6:40 p.m. ET/3:40 p.m. PT — options the return of Las Vegas-born junior light-weight contender Andres Cortes in opposition to Abraham Montoya. Undefeated prospects in motion embody middleweight U.S. Olympian Troy Isley, featherweight U.S. Olympic silver medalist Duke Ragan, Puerto Rican junior welterweight prospect Omar Rosario, featherweight contender Jose Enrique Vivas, and light-weight Charlie Sheehy.
Teofimo Lopez undercard
ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+ (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Teofimo Lopez vs. Pedro Campa, ten rounds, Vacant NABF & WBO Worldwide Junior Welterweight Titles
Xander Zayas vs. Elias Espadas, eight rounds, Vacant NABO Junior Middleweight Title
ESPN+ (6:40 p.m. ET/3:40 p.m. PT)
Jose Enrique Vivas vs. Edy Valencia, eight rounds, featherweight
Andres Cortes vs. Abraham Montoya, eight rounds, junior light-weight
Troy Isley vs. Victor Toney, six rounds, middleweight
Duke Ragan vs. D’Angelo Fuentes, six rounds, featherweight
Omar Rosario vs. Esteban Munoz, six rounds, junior welterweight
Charlie Sheehy vs. Juan Castaneda, 4 rounds, light-weight
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