Teofimo Lopez will face Pedro Campa in the junior welterweight title fight on August 13 at Resorts World Las Vegas, live on ESPN.
At 10:00 p.m., a junior middleweight co-feature between Lopez-Campa and Xander Zayas-Elias Espadas will air live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+. ET/7 p.m. PT – U.S. Olympic athletes Troy Isley and Duke Ragan will take part in the ESPN+ undercard.
The lightweight class was taken up by Teofimo Lopez. It’s time for Operation: Take Back as the fighter is now competing at junior welterweight.
In the 10-round main event, Lopez, the former lightweight champion, will compete against Mexican veteran Pedro “Roca” Campa at Resorts World Las Vegas on Saturday, Aug. 13. Rising Puerto Rican star Xander Zayas moves up in weight against Elias “Latin Kid” Espadas in the eight-round junior middleweight co-feature.
At 10:00 p.m., Lopez-Campa and Zayas-Espadas will be live-streamed on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the Top Rank-sponsored event start at $40 and go on sale on Wednesday, July 13 at noon. ETix.com is the place to buy tickets for PT.
“Teofimo Lopez has a clean bill of health and is ready to make noise at 140 pounds. It all starts with a difficult test in Pedro Campa,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Xander Zayas is a special young talent, and I expect him to put on another sensational performance. Top Rank looks forward to another fantastic night of boxing at Resorts World Las Vegas.”
After a fast-paced few years that saw him advance from prospect to lightweight champion, Lopez (16 to 1, 12 KOs), a Brooklyn native who now calls Las Vegas home, makes his professional debut in 2022. After knocking out Mason Menard in the first round with only one blow in December 2018, he became viral. After beating Richard Commey in the second round the following year, he won the IBF world championship. By winning a majority decision over pound-for-pound king Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko in October 2020, Lopez was crowned the undisputed and lineal lightweight champion. When George Kambosos Jr. rose from the canvas to win a split decision in what many observers dubbed the Upset of the Year last November, Lopez’s reign as a lightweight ended abruptly.
After fully recovering from a number of ailments, Lopez is ready to take on a second weight class at junior welterweight.
“I’m thankful to be back [on] August 13. I’ve been looking forward to this since my last fight,” Lopez said. “I’ve had a lot of complications, but we’re looking towards the future and are on to bigger and better things. I’m here to take over the 140-pound division just like I did at 135. Like always, I’m going to bring excitement to the sport of boxing. The Takeover is still in full effect. You don’t want to miss it.”
Campa (34 to 1 to 1, 23 KOs), from Hermosillo, Mexico, has gone 8 to 0 since his lone loss on his record. He is running an eight-week program in Southern California under the supervision of Manny Robles, a new head coach who guided Oscar Valdez and Andy Ruiz to world championship success, among many others. Campa recently defeated Carlos Sanchez Valadez, who had a record of 22 to 0, via knockout in the third round.
“I am excited and thankful to Top Rank and Teofimo Lopez for this opportunity. He is a tremendous fighter,” Campa said. “I am coming to Resorts World Las Vegas ready to implement everything I have learned with my incredible trainer, Manny Robles. We’ve been in Southern California working hard and preparing for the best version of Teofimo Lopez. I believe I can be a force at 140 pounds, and it’s up to me to show that on August 13.”
The 19-year-old San Juan sensation Zayas (13 to 0, 9 KOs) strengthened his position as one of boxing’s top prospects by going 6 to 0 in 2021. He defeated Jose Luis Sanchez, a native of New Mexico, over the course of six rounds, and knocked out tough veterans Larry Fryers and Dan Karpency. In March, Zayas made his 2022 debut, defeating Quincy LaVallais in a shutout after going eight rounds for the first fight. He was unable to make it back on June 11 because he got a viral infection unrelated to COVID. Espadas, a Yucatan, Mexico, native with a 22 to 4, 15 KO record, has never been knocked out, but Zayas is in good shape and ready to take on him. Since a close 2018 matchup with Olympic bronze medallist Yamaguchi Falcao, he has not suffered a defeat.
Zayas said, “I can’t wait to get back in the ring after what happened in June. That is all in the past, and I am 100 percent recovered. I want to thank all the fans for their support. That meant a lot and motivated me, even more, to train harder. On August 13, there will be a lot of fireworks between Puerto Rico and Mexico. You can count on that!”
Live streaming on ESPN+, in the undercard:
Andres “Savage” Cortes, a junior lightweight contender from Las Vegas (17 to 0, 10 KOs), squares up against Abraham Montoya in an eight-round fight (20 to 3 to 1, 14 KOs). Cortes has won three fights in a row by way of stoppage, including his brutal first-round knockout of former world championship contender Genesis Servania in August of last year. Montoya recently lost to top prospect Gabriel Flores Jr. by a razor-thin majority decision.
Duke Ragan (6 to 0, 1 KO), a featherweight from Cincinnati, Ohio, who won silver at the Olympics for the United States, will fight another unbeaten fighter D’Angelo Fuentes in a six-round bout (7 to 0, 4 KOs).
Ragan’s Olympic colleague from the Tokyo Games and middleweight Troy Isley (6 to 0, 4 KOs) will compete in a six-round bout against Victor Toney (6 to 1 to 1, 5 KOs). In his previous fight, Isley defeated Donte Stubbs in the sixth round.
At Resorts World Las Vegas, lightweight contender Charlie Sheehy (3 to 0, 3 KOs) will compete in his second professional bout in a four-round bout against Puerto Rican junior welterweight champion Omar Rosario (7 to 0, 2 KOs), who will compete in a six-round bout.
The eight-round featherweight contest between veteran fighter Jose Enrique Vivas (21 to 2, 11 KOs) and Edy Valencia is scheduled (19 to 7 to 6, 7 KOs).