Teofimo Lopez celebrates after defeating Pedro Campa. (Photograph by Mikey Williams/High Rank Inc by way of Getty Photographs)
Teofimo Lopez will face a brand new opponent after Jose Pedraza withdrew from their bout with an undisclosed sickness.
Sandor Martin, the Spanish southpaw finest recognized for his 2021 upset win over Mikey Garcia, has changed Pedraza in the primary occasion of the September 10 card at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis. The Ring confirmed Mike Coppinger’s ESPN report with a supply near High Rank, with an announcement anticipated on Friday.
The matchup had been ordered by the WBC the week earlier than at their annual conference as an eliminator for his or her junior welterweight title, with the winner theoretically in pole place for a compulsory shot in opposition to the winner between Jose Zepeda and Regis Prograis, who will battle for the vacant title on November 26 in Carson, Calif.
Regardless of getting a serious enhance from defeating Garcia, Martin (40-2, 13 KOs) of Barcelona, Spain has fought simply as soon as since, shutting out Jose Felix in April in Spain.
Lopez (17-1, 13 KOs), a former RING light-weight champion, rebounded from his first professional defeat in opposition to George Kambosos Jr. with a seventh spherical stoppage of Pedro Campa in August.
The remainder of the ESPN broadcast can even embody 2020 U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson (6-0, 4 KOs) in opposition to Mike O’Han Jr. (16-1, 9 KOs), plus Jared Anderson in opposition to Jerry Forrest, Xander Zayas in opposition to Alexis Salazar and Keyshawn Davis in opposition to Juan Carlos Burgos.
Ryan Songalia has written for ESPN, the New York Every day Information, Rappler and The Guardian, and is a part of the Craig Newmark Graduate College of Journalism Class of 2020. He may be reached at [email protected].