“Did he deal with those demons” from
By way of Dan Ambrose: Andre Ward questions whether or not or now not former unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez has “addressed those demons” from his loss to George Kambosos Jr. ultimate November as he heads into his comeback battle in opposition to Pedro Campa on August 13th.
Teofimo’s loss took a lot of out him, as he’s seemed like a broken man given that defeat. The swagger that Teofimo once had when he was once bragging about himself 24/7 is lengthy long gone, and he now turns out like a fighter who has out of place his mojo.
Ward says Teofimo (16-1, 12 KOs) took a lot of punishment in opposition to Kambosos, and he doesn’t care what excuses Teo had about taking the battle while injured. He nevertheless out of place the battle, and it would impact him.
Teofimo were given right here into the battle with Kambosos as despite the fact that he would possibly simply walk on water after his disillusioned victory over an injured, one-armed Vasyl Lomachenko.
Teo’s option to take it to a purse bid and battle on pay-per-view to maximize the money he would possibly simply get for the low-level battle in opposition to Kambosos was around and bit him on the backside, since the long lengthen that it took forward of he in spite of everything got inside the ring with the Australian hurt him.
If Teofimo had listened to his promoter Bob Arum and taken the battle with Kambosos on not unusual ESPN fairly than taking it to a purse bid, he most definitely will have slipped in two contests all over the place the 13 months he was once out of the ring in a position to get this battle out of the easiest way.
Next month, Teofimo will battle second-tier fighter Pedro Campa (34-1-1, 23 KOs) in a 10-round battle on ESPN on August 13th at the Accommodations Global Las Vegas, Las Vegas. Campa is arguably as excellent as Kambosos, most likely just a bit upper, so there’s a real chance that Teofimo will lose another time if he mentally crumbles like ultimate time.
Teofimo will have to battle smart and no longer try to steamroll this guy because of his stamina, chin, and self belief aren’t excellent enough to damage this fighter without most definitely dropping another time.
“We’re a month transparent of the return of Teofimo Lopez, who may be now competing at 140,” discussed Max Kellerman to ESPN. “We haven’t spotted him since he out of place his lightweight championship of the sector to George Kambosos ultimate November. What do you expect of Pedro Campa on August 13th?”
“Well, I consider Teo is going to seem to be he typically does. He’s going to return again in along with his swag and his self belief,” discussed Andre Ward.
“You’re going to see the speed & the power. I’m curious to see how he seems to be like at the heavier weight class, alternatively I’m a mental guy that is always looking at warring parties between the ears. How did that loss impact you?” Ward discussed about Teofimo’s loss to unheralded Kambosos.
“I know he had some physically issues that he can fall once more on and say, ‘I was in no way correct. I shouldn’t have in no way took that battle.’ He didn’t know the extent of those issues going into the [Kambosos fight.
“So, when you get hit the way that he did and get beat up in some respects the way that he did in certain spots in that fight, that plays on you.
“I don’t care what medical diagnosis you’ve got because you’re a competitor; you’re a fighter. He’s a very prideful fighter, and he and his father have been that way since day one.
“You can’t just erase what happened to him against Kambsos. Did he address those demons in training camp, and will it translate into the fight?” said Ward about Teofimo.
“I hope so because boxing is a much more interesting place with Teofimo Lopez in it,” said Kellerman. “He is a spectacular fighter and a big personality and an easy kid to root for if you take the time to get to know him or read up on him and watch him talk; he’s an easy person to root for,” said Kellerman.