Teofimo Lopez opens as big favorite against Pedro Campa

  • Teofimo Lopez opened as a heavy -2000 favorite to beat Pedro Campa in his light welterweight debut.
  • The fight is Lopez’s first since being upset by George Kambosos when they fought for the unified lightweight titles in November 2021.
  • Lopez’s opening odds are the fifth shortest in his professional boxing career.

Teofimo Lopez opened as a massive betting favorite in his comeback fight against veteran Mexican fighter Pedro Campa. According to the top boxing betting sites, Lopez is a whopping -2000 to win the fight while Campa is the heavy favorite in +750 betting.

Lopez and Campa agreed to fight at a Showtime Sports event on August 13. The event is expected to take place in South Florida.

Major upset

Lopez will return to the ring for the first time since being upset by George Kambosos last November in what was ESPN’s Boxing Upset of the Year. In that fight, Lopez closed as a heavy favorite in the -1250 to -800 range, but was outshot and overtaken by Kambosos via a split decision.

The loss was the first of Lopez’s professional boxing career and it came immediately after delivering the best performance of his life. A fight earlier, Lopez upset Vasyl Lomachenko as a +300 underdog to add the WBA (super), WBO and Ring lightweight belts to his IBF lightweight championship. These belts are now gone.

Since the Kambosos setback, Lopez has faced a litany of health issues. He was hospitalized due to “abundant air in the retropharyngeal space”, possibly due to a tear in his esophagus sustained during the Kambosos fight. Lopez also underwent left elbow arthroscopy last February and right hand arthroscopy last March. Now that he’s healthy, Lopez says it’s time to get him back.

The recovery time

Lopez isn’t just returning on August 13. He will do so in a new weight class. Teofimo will drop from 135lbs to 140 for his next fight. However, as the opening odds indicate, Lopez shouldn’t face too much resistance from her Mexican opponent.

Teofimo’s opening odds against Campa are the fifth shortest of his boxing career and the shortest since he opened with the same odds of +2500 against Edis Tatli in 2019. Lopez has only been an underdog only once in his career and that’s when he closed at +310 odds against Vasyl Lomachenko. Campa has never been the betting underdog before, albeit against unknown opposition.

Campa, 30, has an impressive 33-1-1 record with 22 knockouts as a professional. Campa is undefeated in his last eight fights with one draw and four stoppages during that streak. However, he hasn’t fought outside of Mexico and hasn’t faced an opponent on the same level as Lopez.

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