By: Sean Crose
“Undefeated light-weight phenom Teofimo Lopez,” I wrote again in 2018, “10-1, slipped between the ropes to battle the 34-3 Mason Menard. The match was as transient because it was violent. Lopez rocked his man with a proper virtually instantly, unloaded his arsenal, then blasted Menard with a thunderous proper. Menard landed flat on his face, forcing the referee to halt the bout virtually instantly. It was paying homage to Marquez’ knockout of Pacquiao and even Hearns’ of Duran. Certainly, it could have been the knockout of the yr.” There was little doubt on the time that Brooklynite Lopez was a drive to be reckoned with.
It didn’t come as an excessive amount of of a shock, then, when Lopez defeated the one and solely Vasyl Lomachenko just a few years later in 2020. Positive, Lomachenko was the apparent favourite strolling in, however everybody knew the thunderous and exceedingly assured Lopez would current fairly a problem for the fighter often called “Hello Tech.” He ended up presenting greater than that – he ended up presenting the boxing world with its latest star…himself. A brand new period was apparently starting. Lopez turned a spokesperson for Bud Gentle. Upstart Triller outbid High Rank and Matchroom for the rights to Lopez’ subsequent combat, in opposition to a broadly unknown contender named George Kambosos. The long run belonged to Lopez, it appeared.
Besides it didn’t.
First the Triller deal fell via.
Then, shock of surprises, Kambosos bested Lopez of their a lot delayed bout
final November. Kambosos, merely put, was in a position to do what folks had anticipated Lomachenko
to have been in a position to do – he clearly outboxed his man. Sadly, Lopez was
not gracious in defeat, insisting as a substitute that he had actually gained the combat. Pointless
to say, it was not an excellent search for Lopez. Now, greater than half a yr later,
Lopez will return to the ring this weekend.
For, on Saturday night in Vegas, the 15-1 fighter will slip in between the ropes to face the little identified or lauded Pedro Campa, 34-1-1, in a scheduled 10 rounder. This can be Lopez first foray into the junior welterweight division, so he’ll in all probability be weighing in additional than when he was a dominant light-weight. Lopez is clearly anticipated to win, however he in all probability greater than anybody is aware of what a stunning sport boxing will be. Nonetheless, if his head is on straight, Lopez – who goes by the nickname of “The Takeover” – ought to impress. He’s solely 25, in spite of everything. If he’s seeing issues clearly, he’ll understand harping on the Kambosos combat can be nothing however a waste of time.