Former unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez matches up against Pedro Campa in a super-lightweight brawl, set for 10 rounds at the Resorts World Las Vegas on Saturday 13th August.
A win here would be huge for both fighters, which makes this match-up even more electric.
We preview the best of the action below.
Lopez looks to bounce back
The 25-year-old Lopez heads into this bout following his first career loss against George Kambosos Jr last November, after which he ungraciously expressed his displeasure at the decision in his post-fight interview. The question remains whether Lopez can make the necessary improvements after being exposed by Kambosos and also handle the step up in weight class to 140 pounds which he unexpectedly announced following the defeat.
Regardless of his blunder last November, Lopez has a decorated resume with his record standing at 16-1 and having held the IBF, WBA, WBO and The Ring magazine titles. He heads into this bout the strong favourite at 1/25.
Lopez’s style of non-stop punches and power has kept even the highest calibre of opponents at bay, including his spectacular wins against Vasyl Lomachenko, Richard Commey and Masayoshi Nakatani. ‘The Takeover’ Lopez lends well to knockout stoppages, having beaten just over 70 percent of his opponents by knockout. If you fancy Lopez to finish the bout by way of KO/TKO, the odds are 2/7 with William Hill.
Considering Lopez has the large advantage over his opponent, it is likely that we see a knockout, and if you fancy him to repeat the performance he put on against Commey, you can get the fight to end in under 3.5 rounds at 7/4.
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Campa to continue Lopez’s woes?
Campa is undefeated since his lone defeat in 2017, leaving his record at an impressive 34-1-1. The Mexican heads into the bout as the underdog at 9/1, most likely due to him having not faced the same calibre of opponents as Lopez.
Of his 34 victories, 23 have come by way of knockout, additionally Campa is the more experienced fighter having fought 178 rounds in the ring. Campa is also coming into this fight already in top form, having won his last bout against previously undefeated Carlos Sanchez by TKO.
If you do fancy the underdog to get the upset, Campa to win by knockout is available at 14/1. Although on paper this seems unlikely, given the last loss of Lopez, we could see his weaknesses further capitalised on by Campa if he plays his cards right.
Campa has the slight height advantage over his opponent, standing at 5 feet 9 inches tall, just an inch taller than Lopez. Since his debut in 2011 this is clearly the largest step up in competition for Campa, but the biggest challenges can come with the biggest rewards, and it’s clear to everyone that a win here would be massive for Campa’s career.
Since both fighters are knockout artists, it’s unlikely that we see this bout go the distance, with William Hill pricing the match to not reach the judges’ scorecards at 1/4.
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