Teofimo Lopez scores seventh-round TKO of Pedro Campa, calls out Prograis, Zepeda

Teofimo Lopez is a winner again.

The former undisputed lightweight champion rebounded from his first pro defeat with a seventh-round TKO of Pedro Campa on Saturday in Las Vegas in a Top Rank on ESPN main event.

The 25-year-old Lopez wasn't very sharp early on, but turned it on in round seven when he dropped Campa with a jab before finishing him off with a series of overhand rights with his back against the ropes prompting referee Tony Weeks to stop the fight. The time of the stoppage came at 2:14 of the frame.

The scheduled 10-round main event was Lopez's first bout since losing his 135-pound titles via split decision to George Kambosos last November 27 in Las Vegas. Australia's Kambosos wound up losing his undisputed status in his first defense on June 5 to Devin Haney, who is set to defend the belts in a rematch against Haney on October 16 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. Their first clash took place at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium.

Per Compubox, Lopez, who was making his junior welterweight debut, landed 136 of 321 punches (42 percent), while Campa connected with just 83 of 448 punches (19 percent).

"We've been at 135 (pounds) for about nine years; it was killing my body," said Lopez, who had a slight esophageal tear when he fought Kambosos following a tumultuous training camp. "... We want Josh Taylor ... We want (Regis) Prograis, we want (Jose) Zepeda, that's what we want. We want to be a two-division world champion.

"I'll take all them boys and take all their dreams away. I'm here to be their nightmare."

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