Teófimo López made a triumphant return to the ring, stopping Pedro Campa within the seventh spherical Saturday night time at Resorts World Occasions Middle in Las Vegas.
López made his debut as a 140lb junior welterweight in his first battle since struggling the one lack of his profession.
Moments after placing Campa on the canvas at first of the seventh, López (17-1, 13 KOs) obliterated his outmatched opponent with a flurry of punches, prompting referee Tony Weeks to cease the battle on the 2:14 mark.
“I’m grateful for this, I’ve returned,” López stated.
Campa dropped to 34-2-1.
The 25-year-old López regarded way more just like the promising younger fighter who captivated the world when he beat Vasily Lomachenko to assert the unified light-weight championship in 2020.
Campa, who depends on an easy method and hard-firing punches, struggled to land a lot, as López stayed lively all through the battle and displayed impeccable protection.
On the assault, López was a lot quicker and crisper along with his punches, touchdown 52% of his energy punches, per Compubox.
“I set to work a bit bit extra on some issues, however total it was good,” López stated of his efficiency. “It’s been some time. There was rather a lot on my thoughts. I almost nearly died (in) the final battle, in order that was weighing on my thoughts, I needed to clear it out.
“Entering into there, I’m not afraid to die, however the very last thing I wish to do is just not have my son have a father.”
It was solely 9 months in the past López hit a profession low when he misplaced as an enormous favourite to George Kambosos Jr by break up determination.
However the loss to Kambosos in New York Metropolis on 27 November was later overshadowed by the information he fought with a situation referred to as pneumomediastinum and had in depth air within the retropharyngeal area, per a report by ESPN, one thing he didn’t find out about till after struggling his first-ever loss.
“That was weighing on my thoughts, however I needed to get that man out, someway, someway,” the Brooklyn fighter stated.
Main as much as the seventh, López was the aggressor, staying in pursuit and persistently peppering Campa’s face whereas absorbing pictures and shaking off obvious ring rust.
López appeared to again off within the fourth and fifth a bit, maybe logging rounds whereas preserving power, however returned to an lively position and landed a number of mixtures within the sixth.
“Little by little these punches are gonna add up and ultimately it’s gonna harm them,” López stated. “It might not do it straight away, however in due time it’ll get them out.
“This can be a blessing, man. Time is one thing we don’t get again.”
Earlier, Xander Zayas (14-0, 10 KOs) stopped Elias Espadas (22-5) within the fifth spherical, delivering a devastating proper hook to the jaw to assert the vacant WBO NABO junior middleweight title.
The 19-year-old from Puerto Rico was dominant from the beginning, scoring a knockdown within the first spherical, then utilizing sharp mixtures to put on down Espadas over the subsequent three rounds earlier than ending the battle with 2:36 left within the fifth spherical.
Per Compubox, Zayas, who threw 60 punches per pound, landed 42% of his energy punches whereas 27 of the 86 punches he landed have been to the physique.