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Fresh off a dominant performance in his junior welterweight debut, Teofimo Lopez has already been setting his sights at the top of the division.
“We wish Josh Taylor … We wish [Regis] Prograis, we wish [Jose] Zepeda, we wish all of the belts. That’s really what we wish. You want to turn into a two-time undisputed world champion,” Lopez said Saturday after his seventh-round TKO of Pedro Campa. “I’ll take all them boys and take they whole dreams away. I’m here to be their nightmare.”
Lopez made his reputation in the lightweight division before a shocking loss to George Kambosos Jr. last November. He said maintaining the 135-pound weight limit at lightweight was “killing” his body, resulting in him making the leap around junior welterweight.
Mike Coppinger of ESPN noted it’s unlikely Lopez reaches create a major statement along with his next fight. Taylor will probably fight Jack Catterall in November, and a Prograis vs. Zepeda bout can be slated for later this season.
Lopez said he plans to fight again Dec. 10 at Madison Square Garden, where he’ll turn to make another statement in his new division. If he’s successful and in a position to improve on the energy that has been somewhat lacking Saturday against Campa, his shot at glory at junior welterweight could come early next year.