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Ranking the 5 Best Opponents for Teofimo Lopez After Win vs. Pedro Campa

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    Ladies and gentlemen, Teofimo Lopez is in the building.

    Again.

    The ex-lightweight champion and self-proclaimed “Takeover” artist returned to the ring Saturday night and handled his business following a nine-month hiatus, dispatching little-known Mexican veteran Pedro Campa in seven rounds at Resorts World in NEVADA.

    It had been Lopez’s first action since dropping his three shares of the 135-pound title to George Kambosos Jr. by way of a disputed (by him, mostly) split decision at Madison Square Garden.

    He’d spent most of the subsequent 259 days suggesting he’d been done in by way of a conspiracy instead of his Australian opponent. Lopez then appeared against Campa after weighing in at 138.75 poundsthe second-heaviest of his career and the official signal that he’d abandoned his native weight class to campaign full-time as a junior welterweight/super lightweight.

    The victory came atop an ESPN-televised card and predictably kick-started chatter in what might come next on the consensus 2020 fighter of the entire year‘s competitive agenda.

    “Ill take allthem boys and take almost all their dreams away,” he said. “I’m going to be their nightmare.”

    B/R’s combat sports team happily jumped into that fray and composed a listing of the five greatest opponents for Lopez, predicated on their availability, degree of competition and the potential need for a would-be fight, among other activities.

    Scroll to see what we developed, and drop a thought or two of your in the comments.

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    OK, we’ll concede. One guy needs this fight a lot more compared to the other.

    It wasn’t too, too much time ago that Adrien Broner was in Lopez’s position close to the the surface of the boxing heap, because of championships in multiple weight classes and a polarizing persona that elicited particularly strong feelings from fans and media.

    He was 27-0 and held a welterweight title belt in the summertime of 2013 but lost his jewelry in a shocker to Marcos Maidana. Broner is merely 7-3-1 in 11 fights since, as his effectiveness has waned and his in-ring circus act has worn thin.

    Nevertheless, another career reboot is underway nowadays and “THE ISSUE” is defined to meet up Omar Figueroa Jr. on a Showtime card on August 20 in Hollywood, Florida.

    A win against his fellow ex-lightweight title claimant will inch him nearer to the mainstream and raise the chance for a Lopez bout, though promotional allegiances could possibly be a concern.

    Broner is from the Premier Boxing Champions apparatus, while Lopez is associated with Top Rank, but Lopez did suggest some fascination with an interview with FightHype.com.

    “If that ever happens, then which will be a thing that we discuss,” he said.

    “I love Broner a whole lot. I respect him as a fighter, and I respect him as a guy. … If that ever happens, which will be in due time.”

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    That one has been on the stovetop for some time, though it’s appeared to move frequently from leading burners to the trunk.

    Gervonta Davis has held titles of varied worth at 130, 135 and 140 pounds and was among a small number of fightersas was Lopezexpected to dominate the lightweight ranks for a long time.

    Those plans have dissolved because of Lopez’s move along with other factors, however the proven fact that “Tank” is actually a foil for Lopez hasn’t fully disappeared.

    Footage of both sparring as teenagers has generated nearly four million YouTube views, and Lopez told FightHype earlier this season that he’d take Davis on at 140 to avenge a KO loss suffered by his friend Rolando Romero in a title bout at 135.

    Davis is 2-0 with two KOs in fights where he weighed in heavier than 135.

    His business future is unclear, though, following suggestions earlier this season that he’d leave Mayweather Promotions and subsequent signs that they are still working together.

    “It is a great fight. I’m not likely to say [how the fight would play out],” Lopez said of a hypothetical fight with Davis. “I’ll do what I really do best, and that is win.”

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    Regis Prograis is wanting to obtain back where he’s recently been.

    THE BRAND NEW Orleans native was increasing being an unbeaten 140-pound titleholder 3 years ago but lost his belt in a gripping unification match with Josh Taylor. Prograis has been facing lesser opposition since while looking to get back to championship position.

    Winning a duel with Lopez would definitely advance his cause.

    The 33-year-old has beaten famous brands Juan Heraldez (TKO 3), Ivan Redkach (TKO 6) and Tyrone McKenna (TKO 6) in his post-Taylor action. He again threw his hat in to the prospective Lopez opponent ring throughout a Friday appearance on SiriusXM’s At The Fights.

    “Prograis told us he’d want to face Teofimo,” host Randy Gordon, also a former chairman of the brand new York State Athletic Commission, told Bleacher Report.

    “Very interesting bout. I pick Regis.”

    Prograis has been chatting up the thought of a Lopez fight for quite some time, dating back to to when Lopez defeated Vasiliy Lomachenko in 2020 and suggested 140 was in his future.

    Allow it happen, Prograis said on the Ak & Barak Show (h/t Keith Idec of Boxing Scene).

    “You understand, let’s take action. You understand, if he really wants to arrived at 140 and test the waters out, I believe I’m an ideal person. You understand, I think it will likely be an extremely explosive fight. Let’s take action. It’s crazywe’ve got a video on YouTube about any of it. Me and his daddy actually discussed it.”

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    Lopez has made no bones about any of it.

    After already reigning at 135, he really wants to be considered a world champion at 140, too.

    And which makes Josh Taylor a wanted man.

    The unbeaten Scotsman was after the undisputed champ of the division and continues to be in possession of the IBF and WBO straps.

    He’s not fought since escaping Glasgow with a split decision over Jack Catterall in February, which he earned with margins of 114-111 and 113-112 on two scorecards while losing by way of a 113-112 depend on the 3rd. That bout had originally been scheduled for December 2021 before a personal injury moved it back 8 weeks.

    Nonetheless, Taylor is obviously on Lopez’s mind.

    “That is the guy that I wish to fight next,” Lopez told FightHype. “I’d like to fight him next and just basically turn into a champion and be a two-time undisputed world champion.”

    Lopez is fifth in the WBO rankings at 140, and he suggested on THE NICE Fight with Kate Abdo in April that negotiations for a Taylor fight had already begun. Both he and Taylor are promoted by Top Rank, that ought to create a deal simpler to strike than many others.

    “Were attempting to make me and Taylor for undisputed,” he said.

    Top Rank CEO Bob Arum floated the Taylor-Lopez idea last fall before Taylor’s match with Catterall.

    “I’ll give Teofimo a fight at 140 against someone else (in 2022),” he told Darren Johnstone of The Herald, “and hopefully … we’ll have the ability to match Josh Taylor and Teofimo.”

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    He’s not the champion, but he could be the person.

    Though he’s never really had a title fight or flung a belt across his shoulder, Ryan Garcia reaches or close to the top of each “I wish to fight…” list published by high-profile operators at 140.

    And Lopez is not any different.

    Both Lopez and Arum have suggested a fight with Garcia is really a priority, and Garcia’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, was in NEVADA on Saturday night, presumably to till pre-fight ground.

    Garcia may be the sport’s reigning social media marketing king because of his 1.22 million subscribers on YouTube and nine million followers on Instagram, and it’s really that gravitas that’s made him a high-profile target regardless of a resume that has zero wins over any current top-10 fighters.

    And in addition, that raises the ire of championship-level fighters like Lopez.

    “He could be happy about his last performance (against Javier Fortuna), so he feels he is able to undertake everyone,” Lopez said of Garcia to Juan Sarcos of Marca. “He feels as though Superman, however in reality, he’s their own kryptonite.”

    Arum said through the Campa fight week that Garcia is really a fight he is able to probably get made.

    “Oscar and I’ve an extended history together, and when Oscar is thinking about making that fight, I certainly would entertain it, and we are able to sit back and talk,” he told Marcos Villegas of Fight Hub TV (h/t Manouk Akopyan of Boxing Scene). “But I’m not going from what any particular fighter says.”

    “If his promoter involves me and says let’s talk business, then given our past relationships, I believe it could be relatively easy to create that fight.”

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