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Teofimo Lopez finishes off an overmatched Pedro Campa in successful debut at 140 pounds

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Teofimo Lopez's shocking loss to George Kambosos two days after Thanksgiving ruined any chances of the popular New Yorker partaking in super fights with the likes of Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia, and Gervonta Davis. Now operating at junior welterweight, the former three-belt lightweight champion began his journey to becoming a two-division world champion on Saturday against Pedro Campa. 

Campa was designed to be a bounce-back opponent. He's a guy that stands in the pocket, a heavy volume puncher, which is exactly the style tailor-made foe in this fight. It took a little longer than most expected. When it was all said and done, Lopez dropped Campa early in the seventh and overwhelmed with a fury moment later to earn the TKO victory at the 2:14 mark of the stanza. DAZN had it scored 59-55 for Lopez at the time of the stoppage. 

“Being at 135 was killing my body,” Lopez said in his post-fight interview. “I just turned 25, and we want Josh Taylor. We want all these guys. We want (Regis) Prograis. We want (Jose) Zepeda. We want all the belts. That’s really who we want. We want to become a two-time world champion.”

Lopez was methodical in the early going. He kept pumping the jab at different body parts with an occasional overhand right. When Campa threw, his shots didn't resonate. As soon Lopez figured that out, he started dancing, swiveling his hips to let Campa know he couldn't hurt him. 

After a fifth round in which he took off, Lopez went back to work in the sixth and made Campa's left eye target practice with the jab and left hook. By the time the seventh round came around, Campa was ripe for the taking and Lopez took advantage. 

Both guys came out swinging to begin the event, but Lopez won the exchange, dropping Campa with a right cross and a left hand. Campa made it back to his feet but it was the beginning of the end. With Campa on the ropes, Lopez unloaded a barrage of punches, and referee Tony Weeks stepped in and waved it off.

Now that Lopez got that fight under his belt, what is next for the 25-year-old? The promoter of Ryan Garcia, Oscar De La Hoya, was in attendance as he was invited by Lopez and DAZN's Chris Mannix reports De La Hoya and Top Rank, who promotes Lopez, will be meeting sometime after the fight to discuss whether the bout is a possibility. When asked didn't give a definitive answer on if he wanted Garcia next. He made it clear though when he'd like to return.

“We’re gonna be in the big room this time, Madison Square Garden on Dec. 10," Lopez said.

"I’m ready to eat all these boys. They’re all man-made. Teofimo is self-made, they can never make another one.”

Here is what happened at Teofimo Lopez vs. Pedro Campa.

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Teofimo Lopez stops Pedro Campa

Lopez def. Campa via TKO at 2:14 of the seventh round.

Both guys came out swinging to begin the event, but Lopez won the exchange, dropping Campa with a right cross and a left hand. Campa made it back to his feet, but it was the beginning of the end. With Campa on the ropes, Lopez unloaded a barrage of punches, and referee Tony Weeks stepped in and waved it off.

Lopez-Campa; Round 6

Campa is giving it his all. He's throwing combinations. Not all of the shots are connecting, but the effort is there. Lopez is going back to the jab. Overhand right lands for Lopez. Back to the jab for Lopez. Stinging left hook to the left eye of Campa, which is nearly swollen shut. (10-9 Lopez, 59-55 Lopez)

Lopez-Campa; Round 5

Triple left hand for Lopez. Right cross on the chin for Lopez. An uppercut at the end of the combination for Campa. Back to the jab for Lopez. Another combination for Campa. But Lopez comes back with a right hand. (10-9 Campa, 49-46 Lopez)

Lopez-Campa; Round 4

A left hook and right hand to kick things off in the fifth for Lopez. Hard left to the body for Lopez. Right and left hooks connect for Lopez. The left hook hurts Campa. A combination for Lopez. He's in a rhythm. Should finish this one in the next couple of rounds. (10-9 Lopez, 40-36 Lopez)

Lopez-Campa; Round 3

A short uppercut to start the third for Lopez. He's cutting loose as he rips a right hand. Campa comes back with a combo of his own. Hard left to the body. Right hand for Lopez. Straight right snaps Campa's head back. 

Lopez should stop dancing and start throwing more as his punch output dipped in the last half of the round. (10-9 Lopez, 30-27 Lopez)

Lopez-Campa; Round 2

Another stiff left jab for Lopez to start the second. Left hook lands for Lopez. A combination for Lopez punctuated by an overhand right. A left hand by Campa. Short left uppercut and a right hand. Left and a straight right by Lopez to close out the round. (10-9 Lopez, 20-18 Lopez)

Lopez vs. Campa; Round 1

A left and a right hand for Lopez. He's finding a home with a quick, snapping jab. Right hand for Campa. Combination for Campa. Lopez with a combo of his own. Two hard lefts for Lopez. Each guy cracked the other with a left hook at the bell. (10-9 Lopez)

Teofimo Lopez returns

It's time for the main event as Teofimo Lopez (16-1, 12 KOs) battles Pedro Campa (34-1-1, 23 KOs) in junior welterweight action. 

Lopez has blamed everything under the sun for his loss in his most recent outing against George Kambosos Jr. 

Now, he's in a new weight class looking for a fresh start. Let's see how he fares four pounds higher.

Oscar De La Hoya in the building

The promoter of Ryan Garcia and the head of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, is in the building. He says Teofimo Lopez sent him a message and invited him to the fight. 

Could we see a future Teofimo Lopez vs. Ryan Garcia tilt?

Xander Zayas scores emphatic KO

Zayas def. Espadas via TKO at 0:23 of the fifth round.

After dropping Espadas early in the opening round, Zayas's power proved too much for him. Zayas finally put Espadas away at the beginning of the fifth with a jab, a left hook, right hook on the chin sent Espadas to the ropes and down on the mat. Espadas got up perfectly fine, and referee Russell Mora inexplicably called the fight off. 

Not a good stoppage in the slightest bit. Don't get me wrong, Zayas was winning and was on his way to victory, but let Espadas see what could happen because you can never say never in boxing.  

Exciting prospect returns

In the co-main event of Lopez vs. Campa, Xander Zayas (13-0, 9 KOs) takes on Elias Espadas (22-4, one no decision, 15 KOs) in junior middleweight action. Zayas is one of the brightest prospects in boxing.

A big moment for Zayas on a big stage. Let's see how he handles the bright lights.

Teofimo Lopez has arrived

Co-main event

It's time for the co-main event of UFC San Diego as Nate Landwehr (15-4) faces Davis Onama (10-1) in featherweight action. 

Welcome

Welcome to DAZN's coverage of Teofimo Lopez vs. Pedro Campa. 

Can the former three-belt lightweight champion rebound from his shocking loss to George Kambosos Jr. and make a successful debut at 140 pounds?

Come and find out as DAZN will have live updates, results, and highlights beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

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