George Kambosos upsets Teofimo Lopez via split decision for titles
It took a year and a lot of problems to work through to even enter into the ring, however George Kambosos Jr. turned up with an enormous upset over champ Teofimo Lopez Jr. on Saturday night.
Kambosos took out a split choice over Lopez at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden to declare the WBC franchise and WBA, WBO and IBF light-weight titles regardless of going into the match a huge +600 underdog on BetMGM. Lopez was an enormous -900 preferred.
“I believed in myself, I backed myself,” Kambosos stated in the ring after the win. “I thought, ‘I’m going to hit him hard and put him down,’ and the fight changed off that … I’m an unbelievable boxer. I can’t believe how good I boxed.”
Kambosos makes it through late knockdown to get upset
Lopez and Kambosos were at first expected to combat in June, however Lopez evaluated favorable for COVID-19. The 2 then had a number of disputes over when and where the battle would ultimately happen, to name a few things.
Lastly, however, the 2 got in the ring on Saturday night — and did not dissatisfy.
Lopez stated entering into the bout that he was going to come out swinging and land a first-round knockout — which’s precisely what he attempted to do, possibly to a fault.
Near completion of the busy opening round, Kambosos was the one who landed the very first excellent shot and sent out Lopez to the mat with a huge right-hand man.
Lopez leapt right back up, plainly upset with himself, and left the preliminary after a short Kambosos slip.
“The fight changed after that,” Kambosos stated in the ring of his first-round knockdown.
It felt as if Kambosos remained in total control after that over the next a number of rounds, though Lopez wasn’t gone entirely right now. He turned things and appeared to stun Kambosos in the ninth, and after that almost ended things in the 10th with a knockdown of his own.
Amazingly, nevertheless, Kambosos made it through and edged out the split-decision win.
Lopez came out determined after and firmly insisted that he was worthy of the win, declaring he felt he won 10 of the 12 rounds. Kambosos used a rematch back in Australia, though Lopez didn’t appear interested — and rather seemed like he was all set to leave the 135-pound department and go up.
In either case, it was Kambosos who left of the ring with a best 20-0 record and Lopez’s belts after a significant battle.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.