Teofimo Lopez was given a rude awakening after 12 rounds of brutal battle against the loud mouth trash talking Australian George Kambosos Jr. Instead of knocking him out, Kambosos dropped Lopez and picked up a split decision victory, Carting away with the WBC Franchise, WBA, WBO and IBF World titles.
The Australian delivered according to his prediction, out-worked the former undisputed lightweight champion to seize the position after 12 rounds of war at the Hulu Theatre in Madison Square Garden NY.
Lopez predicted, he would knockout Kambosos in the first round and that he doesn’t believe the Australian had all it takes to back up his trash talk in the build up. However, he did and didn’t need a genius to map out his plan. Kambosos totally out-worked Lopez and was able to take every punch Lopez landed on him, this includes the shot that dropped him in the tenth round.
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Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) landed in volumes and accumulated a good lead on the score cards, his over-right hands was a thing and continuously gave Lopez (16-0, 12KOs) problems, one of which forced the champion on his butts in the opening round of the fight.
Lopez came alive in the ninth round, when he landed some big punches, which included the knockdown shot in the 10th round of the fight. Lopez couldn’t stop Kambosos after the knockdown despite clear signs, the Australian was seriously rocked.
After 12 rounds, Kambosos got favoured by two judges 115-111 and 115-112, while Lopez got a 114-113 from the third Judge. Kambosos will now set sights on a unification fight with Devin Haney as he promised during the build up.
The victory will definitely put the Kambosos on the history records as the first undisputed four belt champion from Australia and that could be, if not the biggest win in Australian History.
“You don’t believe in yourself, you don’t get this far,” said Kambosos. “I’m the emperor.”
Lopez found himself on instant spot light after his unanimous decision victory over Vasily Lomachenko in 2020, Carting away with the titles but has now failed to defend then and just as he refused handing Lomachenko a rematch, he might have to rebuild just as the champion before him.
“You’re a helluva fighter, but I won that fight,” said Lopez, who was booed by the hometown crowd. “I don’t think it was a close fight at all.”
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