Lopez vs. Kambosos preview – NY FIGHTS
At 24, Teofimo Lopez is already a unified champion in the lightweight division. It only takes a punch to win a fight.
Challenger George Kambosos is hoping to find this on October 4 at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden, New York on October 4.
Lopez has the nickname “The Takeover” and that’s exactly what he did in the lightweight division. The American currently holds the WBA Super, IBF and WBO titles, which isn’t bad considering he was knocked down in his first professional fight.
He fought to win that first contest of 2016 and the former Olympic boxer enters that fight with a 16-0-0 record. Lopez won the NABF titles and the WBC Continental Americas belt. It was in December 2019 that he beat Richard Commey in two rounds to become the IBF lightweight champion.
Lopez didn’t fight for another ten months, but when he did, the American caused massive upheaval. He faced off against Vasyl Lomachenko, who held the WBA Super and WBO titles. Lopez won the title with a unanimous points decision. One judge gave him the fight by 10 points, another by just four.
This victory raised his career a few levels. There has been talk of a rematch with Lomachenko, but it’s fair to say the pair don’t get along. His opponent had turned down any rematch clause, so Lopez isn’t very keen on giving the former champ a comeback fight. Well, not yet anyway. Money speaks in boxing and a rematch is possible, but Lopez has to get past Kambosos first.
Then there is a possible fight with WBC champion Devin Haney, who would be an ideal opponent. Lopez has the WBC “franchise” title, but it’s not universally recognized in a sport that provides a lot of work for belt manufacturers.
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George Kambosos also has a perfect professional record. The 28-year-old Australian has won all 19 pro fights and goes by the adorable nickname “Fierce”.
He waited patiently for this title shot. It was supposed to take place in June and then in August, but the champion had the Covid-19.
Kambosos is the mandatory IBF challenger. He achieved this position by beating Briton Lee Selby on Halloween night last year. Selby is a former featherweight world champion and had gained weight. He lost on points to Kambosos, who was not at all worried about having to travel to London to win the title, not even on Halloween night.
The real horror was the score with one judge giving the Australian by eight points and another to Selby by a point. Are the judges watching the same fight?
This is going to be a step forward for the Australian who made his professional debut eight years ago. There was talk at one point that this title match would be held in Australia rather than the United States. Lopez had no desire at all to isolate himself for a few weeks and the IBF quickly ruled out a trip underneath. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have also been taken into account, but Kambosos must now travel to his opponent’s hometown.
10 of his 19 wins have come within the distance. He’s the underdog in this fight and a successful defense from Lopez seems very likely. The champion will want to gain in beauty after the shock caused in the fight of Lomachenko. An impressive title defense will lead to bigger fights and then he can start to move up the ranks.