Teofimo Lopez promises to enter the ring against George Kambosos Jr. and defended its unified lightweight world championship with a knockout in the first round. Lopez tried to live up to his word by delivering monstrously powerful shots in the opening frame, but it was Kambosos who scored the knockout with an overpowered boxing monster. That moment set the tone for the night and what proved to be an astonishing disappointment as a heavy loser score goal by split decision inside the Hulu Theater in New York City.
Lopez (16-1, 12 KOs) picked himself out of the frame after the knockdown but spent most of the fight moving forward ahead of attacks from Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) , never leaving behind long attack chains. When Lopez stuck with headhunting in the early rounds, Kambosos slipped and unleashed heavy jabs and returned overhead with his straight right arm.
The way the war begins is all the more shocking when Kambosos is seen as an undeserved obligatory challenger entering the fray. While lightweight is filled with big names and top boxers, Lopez has been asked by the IBF to take on the Kambosos or vacate the championship. Lopez added the WBA and WBO titles to her IBF belt to great disappointment against the perennial elite Vasiliy Lomachenko in October 2020 and will not give up a title. Lopez agreed to join the fight even as his fans, media and camp laughed at the idea of the Australian challenger being a test for non-phenom.
As the fight seemed to turn unfavorable after the opening six innings, Lopez’s corner made some minor adjustments, with Teofimo Lopez Sr. asked his son why he still hadn’t eliminated the Australian.
Lopez finally roared to life in the ninth round. A late right hand seemed to bother Kambosos and Lopez made it in the 10th Half, scoring with a massive right hand that grabbed Kambosos’ leg and sent him over the frame. While Kambosos looked in pain and fatigue, he managed to get past goal to reach the championship rounds.
Despite being knocked down in the 10th round, the Kambosos carried on in the final two rounds, overtaking Lopez and claiming the biggest round win of his life.
“Did I change the whole week? Did I change my entire career? Never,” Kambosos said after the battle. “I believe in myself. You may not believe it, but I believe in myself. I have all the jewels. I’m not a king, I’m an emperor, because I go to every other country and get them out. , one by one.”
The official scorecards read 115-111, 113-114, 115-112, with the Kambosos winning on two of the cards. That was enough for the Kambosos to walk out of Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater with three of four recognized world championships in lightweight.
The victory ended a long story that began in February, when the battle came to an end over a financial disagreement between Lopez and the Top Rank promoter. Triller won the wallet bid for a shocking $6 million. After that, Triller repeatedly rescheduled the match, trying to avoid conflict with other wars and NFL among other problems. Triller eventually had to give up and Matchroom Boxing was tasked with the promotion as the second highest bidder. As the situation dragged on for most of 2021, Lopez and Kambosos accumulated increasing levels of bad health.
That bad blood continued after the game, as Lopez interrupted Kambosos’ interview, alternating between showing respect, claiming he had no excuses and saying he clearly deserved it. win. Lopez goes as far as to say that he believes he has won 10 out of 12 innings and argues that higher powers in the sport are working against him.
“I won tonight, man,” Lopez said. “Everybody knows that. The referee raised my hand, everyone knows it. I won tonight. … At the end of the day, man, I’m a true champion. I was a champion. I did what I had to do, I got on the pitch and I did my best.”
The reaction from Kambosos was simple as he invited Lopez for a rematch on the field of the new champion.
“You’re a bit delusional, brother,” Kambosos said. “Listen, I’ve got the belt, I’ve won the fight. I’ve won plainly and unequivocally. But I respect you guys. Let’s treat it like a champion and move on. We can do it. do it in Australia in front of 80,000 people.”
Lopez dismissed the intention, saying he wanted to spend time with his newborn son and said that the fight was probably his last on a mild level while Kambosos suggested that he will join Devin Haney’s upcoming bout, looking for more of the only title belt he doesn’t have. now holds its own ownership.
https://www.cbssports.com/boxing/news/george-kambosos-scores-shocking-upset-win-over-teofimo-lopez-jr-to-claim-unified-lightweight-titles/ George Kambosos scores an incredible goal against Teofimo Lopez Jr. to win the unified lightweight title