Teofimo Lopez: The Takeover is back!

“Every contender and champion at junior welterweight better watch out because I am coming to clean out the division.”

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The Takeover 2.0 is 10 days away. Teofimo Lopez (16-1, 12 KOs), the former unified lightweight champion, will make his junior welterweight debut against Mexican veteran Pedro Campa (34-1-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Resorts World Event Center at Resorts World Las Vegas.

Lopez is back following last November’s split decision shocker to George Kambosos Jr., which knocked him from the top of the lightweight heap. The Brooklyn native is training in New Jersey for Campa, a 30-year-old puncher who is unbeaten in eight fights dating back to 2017.

Following a recent training session, this is what Lopez had to say about his ESPN-televised return.

“The Takeover is back! I took over the lightweight division, and I plan on doing the same at junior welterweight. Pedro Campa is a tough opponent with an aggressive Mexican style, and I can’t wait to put on a show for the fans.”

“Every person goes through challenges, but I’ve put the past behind me and am thrilled to be back fighting on ESPN and in Las Vegas. I am calling this fight the ‘Take Back’ because I am coming to regain what I’ve lost. One defeat does not define a fighter, and it won’t define me.”

“I had been fighting at lightweight since I was a teenager, and it was time to move up. I am going to be an even better, more explosive fighter. You will see that on August 13.”

“I am only 25 years old. My best years are in front of me. Pedro Campa is the start of a new chapter in my career. I will be a two-weight world champion very soon. Every contender and champion at junior welterweight better watch out because I am coming to clean out the division.”

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  • Lopez better stick to lightweight 135. He will get knocked out by KingRy, or Davis. I don’t even think he can beat Romero.

  • Be interesting to see if he carries his power up to 40?! Also, he needs to stop thinking he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread! If he’s smart he’ll realize it’s a process. Couple of bad dudes @40 in Zepeda, Prograis and Matias!!!

  • The Takeover? WTF is that supposed to mean? There are at least 5 guys in the Jr. Welterweight division who can defeat Lopez.

  • The Takeover? I think I understand. Lopez is going to take over Rolly Romero’s job as the next guy to Roll Onto The Canvas.

  • Nothing taints the dignity of the boxing scene, or any sport for that matter, like a loudmouth braggart. This story said “Continue reading” and I didn’t bother, since I’m not interested in this loudmouth or his annoying loudmouth father. I prefer fighters who do their talking in the ring.

  • Clean out light welterweight division? He got cleaned up by George Kambosos Jr. I guess the word “humble” isn’t in his vocabulary.

  • As a boxing fan perspective – Like Teofimo or don’t like him – Boxing needs the bad guys, the villain, and good guys, it always creates more interest. I’m not a Teofimo fan, but appreciate him for giving to the sport what creates more of a following in boxing.

  • I think Lopez will do well at 140. I think he will learn from his mistake against Kambosis and never take anyone lightly again. In that fight, he clearly had one plan and that was to KO Kambosis with one punch. When it didn’t happen he lost. I doubt anyone watching felt Kambosis could have beaten the version of Lopez that beat Loma, but that’s not the version that showed up.

    I don’t mind the talk. My preference is for a quieter demeanor, but it takes those types longer to get noticed. To be great at anything, you have to believe it first and Teo still believes.

  • time for a new nickname, he didn’t takeover shit. Ran to a new division after Kambosos flogging

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