Final Update: Lopez TKO-7
The junior welterweight division gets the spotlight Saturday evening on ESPN and ESPN+. Teofimo Lopez makes his return to boxing after an upset loss last year and is headed up in weight as he faces Pedro Campa in Las Vegas. The main event is expected to get underway in the 11 p.m. hour.
Lopez last fought in November, losing an upset split decision to George Kambosos, Jr. it cost him the Ring Magazine and three sanctioning body titles at lightweight and has led to a bit of a reset for him. He decided to move up to junior welterweight and now faces a hand-picked opponent in Campa.
Campa is 34-1-1 but has been a fairly low key fighter in the division. He won’t necessarily be someone Lopez can just walk over, but he was picked in part so Lopez can look good in his first fight at junior welterweight.
Lopez is a heavy favorite in this bout at DraftKings Sportsbook. He’s installed at -2500 to win while Campa is +950. The favored fight outcome is Lopez by stoppage at -330, followed by Lopez via decision at +270. Campa by stoppage is +1400 and Campa by decision is +2500.
We’ll be providing round-by-round updates throughout the bout. Below you can find live scoring until a winner is determined.
Teofimo Lopez vs. Pedro Campa round-by-round results
Round 1: Lopez 10-9
Both fighters start calculating and trying to find an opening in their opponent. Lopez connects with a nice left uppercut. Campa backs Lopez against the ropes and hits a nice combo. Lopez answers with a two-punch combo. He then lands a left and right hook as the round ends.
Round 2: 10-9, 20-18
Campa comes out trying to get back into this on and bring the aggression. He walks down Lopez to the ropes, and Lopez answers with a great combo against the ropes that connects. He starts walking down Campa, connecting on another body shot in the process. Campa cannot land a hook and then eats a quick jab before the end of the round.
Round 3: 10-9, 30-27
Lopez is taking advantage at every distance so far. He is landing jabs and hooks, and then when Campa gets in close, he can connect with uppercuts. Lopez lands a strong right and then a left body shot. Campa connects on a left with an overhand right to stay in the round. Campa is showing some fight but Lopez is connecting more cleanly and harder. He lands a right to the head of Campa followed by another body shot.
Round 4: Lopez 10-9, 40-36
A highlight shows that Lopez used his shoulder during a tie-up to prop Campa’s head up, but the ref misses it. Lopez connects on some shots and starts smiling. Campa keeps coming though, and this fight isn't over by any means. Lopez continues to have his back on the rope and is trying to work off a counter. Campa lands a strong right. Lopez answered with a flurry of punches.
Round 5: Lopez 10-9. 50-45
Lopez likely isn’t tired but he isn’t moving his feet much during these rounds. He throws a flurry of punches, feels one land clean and taunts Campa with a smile and then backs off. Campa is staying in this fight even if I don’t think he has won a round yet. Campa backs him into a corner and connects on several trikes. Lopez fights his way out. He then connects with a left hook as he tries to salvage the round.
Round 6: 10-9, 60-54
Lopez pops some jabs through the guard of Campa, but he isn’t fazed. Campa has taken a lot of hits and just keeps moving forward. Any time Campa lands something, it lacks speed and force so Lopez can block most of it. Lopez loses his mouthpiece, and the ref picks it up off the mat and puts it right back in Lopez’s mouth. Kinda nasty. Lopez lands a shot in the round that starts to close Campa’s left eye. Other than the strong shots of Lopez, this was one of the closer rounds.
Round 7: Lopez TKO-7
30 seconds into this round, Lopez drops Campa for the first knockdown on the fight. Lopez is like a shark that smells blood and is all over Campa. He continues to land shots. Campa continues to fight. Lopez is toying with him now and then lands another hard left. Lopez gets him against the ropes and just starts teeing off. He starts raining down shots on the side of the head and towards the back of Campa who isn’t defending anymore and the ref stops it!