By Dan Ambrose: Teofimo Lopez has had a difficult time admitting that he was beaten by the better man on the night of his loss to George Kambosos Jr. last November.
After the defeat, former unified lightweight champion Teofimo (16-1, 12 KOs) blamed the loss on four different injuries that he fought with.
If that wasn’t enough, Lopez also claimed it was a conspiracy to help Devin Haney become the undisputed 135-lb champion.
Next week, Teofimo will be fighting Pedro Campa (34-1-1, 23 KOs) in what amounts to being a 10-round confidence booster on August 13th on ESPN at the Resorts World Las Vegas in Las Vegas.
Like the unheralded Kambosos, Campa has done nothing in his career to make one believe that he has any shot at beating Teofimo.
However, we’ve already seen Teofimo mentally fall apart against the Australian, who beat him with pressure, and it’s quite possible Campa can do the same.
“To me, I still believe I won the fight, and whether people call me delusional or not, I’m the greatest of my time and my era for that reason,” said Teofimo Lopez to Max on Boxing about his loss to George Kambosos Jr last November.
I think everyone needs to tune in on August 13th to see how delusional I really am. Pedro Campas is definitely someone that I’m looking forward to at this rate. An aggressive Mexican-style fight. It’s definitely going to be one to entertain for everybody.
“Everything is good now. Fighting Kambosos, I fought him with a broken elbow, and with my right hand, I had a tear in my wrist. A lot of it had to do was with the weight class.
“I’m happy right now being at this weight, 140. We’re making sure we don’t create any new injuries because we’re getting close to the fight. Kambosos, honestly, I think that when it comes to a split decision and stuff, you really have to beat the champion. I don’t think he did enough.
“I finished him in the end. In the tenth round, I dropped him, and then moving forwards from there. I think a lot of people wanted to push me away to the side to have Devin Haney become undisputed and all that other nonsense,” said Teofimo.