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  Teofimo Lopez vs. Pedro Campa
Final Press Conference

It has been nearly two years since Teofimo Lopez has fought on ESPN, and the former lightweight king is primed to return in devastating fashion. Lopez will make his junior welterweight debut Saturday evening in the 10-round main event against Pedro "Roca" Campa at the Resorts World Event Center at Resorts World Las Vegas.

In the eight-round junior middleweight co-feature, Puerto Rican sensation Xander Zayas will face Mexican veteran Elias Espadas. Lopez-Campa and Zayas-Espadas will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

The undercard streaming live and exclusively on ESPN+ at 6:40 p.m. ET/3:40 p.m. PT features the return of Las Vegas-born junior lightweight contender Andres Cortes against Abraham Montoya. Undefeated prospects in action include middleweight U.S. Olympian Troy Isley, featherweight U.S. Olympic silver medalist Duke Ragan, Puerto Rican junior welterweight prospect Omar Rosario, featherweight contender Jose Enrique Vivas, and lightweight Charlie Sheehy.

This is what the fighters had to say at Thursday's press conference.

Teofimo Lopez

It feels great to be back here on ESPN, the greatest platform in the world. I cant wait to show why Teofimo is the greatest of all time.

A true champion never gets distracted. At the end of the day, this aint my first rodeo. 21 years in the game. Blood, sweat and tears. Do your research. See it. Five-time world champion. Were just here to dominate and do what we always do: entertain.

This guy is in front of me to stop my dreams and stop everything that were shooting for. Every time I go out there in the ring, Im risking everything. Im risking my life. We double down, every time. When it comes to me, its just me versus me, no one else. I thank God for that. Hes always in my corner.

My first loss? It was actually my 21st loss if we count the amateurs as well. So, I always bounce back. Im always that type of person. The first step to success is failure. Saturday night there will be a lot of people tuning in.

Campa has that Mexican style of boxing. Hes going to be aggressive. This is going to be an all-out war. This is going to be a fight. And Im very excited about that. I love competition.

Pedro Campa

Im coming very well prepared. I know what Im going to do in the ring because I know the kind of fighter who is in front of me. He is a great fighter in the world of boxing. But Im concentrated. Im very prepared for my fight.

We know the kind of fighter we will be fighting this Saturday. Honestly, I trained very hard because, as I repeat, we know the kind of opponent we have. Manny Robles is a trainer with a great understanding. He knows what he wants me to do, and Im ready to obey what he says.

We can do interesting things in the ring. Firstly, I think Im coming for the victory. By any means necessary, I want to take the victory to Mexico and for my people in Guaymas and Sonora.

Xander Zayas

It was a great camp. I feel ready. Were going to put on a great show this Saturday night.

Its about having your dreams and knowing what you want to do in life. I have my goals clearly laid out. I have no doubt that I can achieve each and every one of them.

We know that Elias Espadas is a Mexican warrior who is coming with a lot of motivation. He has never been knocked out. But I dont feel any pressure. We are going to obtain the victory. We know what we have to do in the ring. It doesnt matter how he will come. I will bring that regional WBO title back to Puerto Rico.

Elias Espadas

Xander is a great fighter. He is a young man who is on the rise. I feel confident, and Im confident in the preparation that we have done. I know that this Saturday we will put on a great show.

The person who will win the fight is the one who most wants to win that night, and I have a strong desire to win. Thats why I say that it will be a great fight.

This Saturday, Mexico is coming out on top. He wants to win, and I want to win. And on Saturday, we will demonstrate that.


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