Teofimo Lopez’s debut at 140 lbs was met with mixed reviews. Many liked it, and some didn’t, as it took until the seventh round for Lopez to stop lesser-known fringe contender Pedro Campa in his first bout at 140 lbs.
Former world champion Regis Prograis fits the bill of one of those who was not impressed.
“He did what he was supposed to do,” said Prograis stated to boxing media outlet Thaboxingvoice. “I think he fought a confidence fight to get his confidence back.”
Lopez had a wild year-and-a-half, after defeating Vasyl Lomachenko, widely considered one of the best lightweights of his era, Lopez was defeated by George Kambosos Jnr., a rather unknown fighter to the sporting world, which saw Lopez’s meteoritic rise fall just as fast. To further worsen matters, Lopez lost all four lightweight titles, as Lopez was the undisputed lightweight world champion, prior to the fight, but lost a lot of political capital with the loss.
The Pedro Campa fight was Lopez’s first bout since facing Kambosos Jnr., at a new weight class of 140 lbs.
“That dude was hitting him and that dude is nowhere close to some of the bigger level 140s. I feel like the bigger people at 140, like real size, I know Teo, I been around him a bunch of times. Teo is kinda little. I could be wrong but I just don’t see it coming together at 140.”
It is clear that the former world champion in Prograis, who will be fighting Jose Zepeda later this year for the WBC super lightweight world title, doesn't think fondly of Lopez's chances at his division.