FRIDAY 12 AUGUST – FINDLAY TOYOTA CENTER, PRESCOTT VALLEY, ARIZONA, USA:
Former super-featherweight world champion Tevin Farmer (30-5-1, 6KOs) returns to a professional ring for the first time in over two years on Friday night in a ten-round lightweight bout versus Cleveland’s Mickey Bey (23-3-1, 11KOs). Arizona’s Findlay Toyota Center will play host to the contest as the thirty-two-year-old Farmer looks to enter an already crowded 135-pound division at the top level. Bey meanwhile hasn’t fought in over three years, losing to the hands of former unified lightweight king George Kambosos Jr. via split-decision in 2019.
In fairness to both fighters, the fight marks a bold move as both come off the back of years of inactivity with the loser a long way from entering the picture at world level. Whether either man is capable of competing at that level is another discussion but credit to both for returning in a competitive bout as opposed to facing off versus an opponent with zero intention of winning on the night.
Arizona featherweight Keenan Carbajal (23-3-1, 5KOs) also returns six months on from his wide defeat to Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas, taking on Aelio Mesquita (21-7-1, 19KOs) over ten rounds this weekend. Former super-bantamweight world title challenger Tramaine Williams (19-1-0, 6KOs) faces-off against Jetro Pabustan (31-9-6, 9KOs) in his first fight since losing to Angelo Leo for the WBO world title in 2020, while 160-pound prospect Lorenzo ‘Truck’ Simpson (11-0-0, 7KOs) is scheduled in an eight-round bout against Tyi Edmonds (14-4-0, 9KOs).
SATURDAY 13 AUGUST – RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS, USA:
Teofimo Lopez (16-1-0, 12KOs) makes his long-anticipated ring return this weekend, at super-lightweight this time around, versus Pedro Campa (34-1-1, 23KOs) in Las Vegas. Lopez provided an upset of the year contender back in 2020 when he unanimously outpointed pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko to become the number one man at 135-pounds. Fast-forward thirteen months on however and it was Lopez on the end of a major upset when George Kambosos Jr. had his hand raised in New York. Lopez disputed the decision and maintains to this day that his undefeated record should have remained intact, much to the dismay of the majority of those who watched the fight, and now looks to conquer the super-lightweight division after outgrowing the weight below.
Campa only has one defeat to his ledger inside thirty-six contests, coming in the form of a 2017 defeat to Carlos Jiminez in Mexico, and is on a run of two consecutive stoppage defeats against albeit very limited opposition. The thirty-year-old Mexican is not expected to offer much in Lopez’s maiden bout at 140-pounds as he chases down the big names in his new division against the likes of Josh Taylor, Jack Catterall, Regis Prograis and Jose Ramirez.
The undercard features top super-welterweight prospect Xander Zayas (13-0-0, 9KOs). The nineteen-year-old Puerto Rican has impressed since turning professional in 2019 following an amateur career which saw him win eleven national championships in America. Zayas is already being tipped for big things in the professional code and will look to lay down another marker this weekend against Elias Espadas (22-4-0, 15KOs) of Mexico. Featherweight Duke Ragan (6-0-0, 1KO) is also set to appear for his seventh outing against D’Angelo Fuentes (7-0-0, 4KO). Ragan picked up silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and will hope for similar levels of success in the pros. Fellow 2020 Olympian Troy Isley (6-0-0, 4KOs) also fights at middleweight, this time taking on Victor Toney (6-1-1, 5KOs) in an eight-round contest.
UK fans can watch the Top Rank Promotions card live on Sky Sports Main Event this weekend, with coverage set to begin at approximately 01:00am.