After losing his first pro fight, Teofimo Lopez bounced back with a seventh-round knockout of Pedro Campa.
Lopez floored Campa with an up jab in Round 7 before he pinned his foe on the ropes and unloaded with a flurry of overhand rights that forced the referee to stop the fight at 2:14.
Lopez was back in the ring after a loss to George Kambosos in which he dropped four lightweight titles.
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Lopez's power didn't make its usual impact early on in the bout. Lopez was not at his best in the beginning, but he never faced much trouble against the 13-1 odds.
Lopez said that he had been at 135 pounds for nine years and that it was killing him. Josh Taylor is something we would like. We wantRegis, we wantJose, that's what we want. We would like to become a two-division world champion.
All the boys will be taken away and their dreams taken away. I'm here to ruin their day.
Taylor, Prograis and Zepeda are part of Lopez's new division. The level of Campa is below that. When the fight ended, his left eye was swollen shut and his nose was bleeding.
Lopez, who fights out of Las Vegas, seemed to land at will, but it wasn't a statement-making performance after the second-longest layoff of his career.
Lopez was considered to be one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world when he last fought.
Campa didn't present a test that would show Lopez was ready to compete for a title in a new weight class, nor did he present any trouble.
He won't get a title shot in his next fight. Taylor is likely to fight Jack Catterall in November, while Prograis and Zepeda are vying for a title.
One of boxing's most promising prospects scored a fifth-round knockout of his opponent.
In the opening round, the Puerto Rican knocked the Mexican down with a left hook and finished him in the fifth.