Sources: Lopez, Campa agree to 140-pound bout


Teofimo Lopez is on the comeback path.

The previous light-weight champion and Mexico’s Pedro Campa have agreed to a deal for a 140-pound bout on Aug. 13, sources advised ESPN on Thursday.

The Prime Rank Boxing on ESPN principal occasion will mark Lopez’s junior welterweight debut and can doubtless happen in South Florida, sources mentioned.

Lopez (16-1, 12 KOs) might be combating for the primary time since his November split-decision loss to George Kambosos Jr. in ESPN’s Upset of the 12 months. The 24-year-old was floored in Spherical 1 however rallied to attain a knockdown in Spherical 10 earlier than finally dropping on the scorecards.

After his victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko in October 2020 to seize all 4 light-weight titles, Lopez cracked ESPN’s pound-for-pound record, however after the stunning setback, he finds himself seeking to set up himself in a brand new division.

Lopez has handled a litany of well being points within the meantime. The Las Vegas resident underwent arthroscopic surgical procedure on his left elbow in February and arthroscopic surgical procedure on his proper hand in March.

Most troublesome of all, Lopez was hospitalized after the November loss with “intensive air within the retropharyngeal area,” which was doubtless attributable to a slight tear in his esophagus, ESPN’s Mark Kriegel reported.

“He might have died, for certain,” Dr. Linda Dahl, an otolaryngologist (ENT) who reviewed Lopez’s medical data in November, advised Kriegel. “How he breathed, I can not even clarify to you. It is like any individual tied a 300-pound set of weights round his chest … like his neck and chest had been in a vise.”

After a protracted relaxation, Lopez lately started coaching for his comeback bout, one he is unlikely to face a lot hassle in. Campa (33-1-1, 22 KOs) has by no means competed exterior Mexico and has by no means confronted any competitors remotely near Lopez’s stage.

The 30-year-old was held to a draw towards journeyman Abner Lopez (no relation) in 2019.

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