Teofimo Lopez wants to be in the fight with the best George Kambosos Jr that has ever been in the ring when he defends his undisputed lightweight status on Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York.
There has been so much talk in the build up ahead of the battle between Lopez and the undefeated Australian Kambosos. However, Lopez doesn’t believe that Kambosos will be able to back up his trash talk in the build up with an actual fight ones the bell is heard on fight night.
Lopez clearly promised to make him realise from the opening bell that there is a big difference between him and the first 19 opponents the Australia has faced and that he operates in an entirely different level ones the opening bell is heard on Saturday night.
Lopez has gone on to predict a first round knockout victory over Kambosos.
“One round, because just to show how all that talking, that don’t work with me,” Lopez told a group of reporters. “We talk, but we back it up. All that talking that you’re doing, you gotta show something. You been in two fights [that resulted in] split decisions. You know, Mickey Bey and then Lee Selby. You know, like, I ain’t a Mickey Bey. I ain’t a Lee Selby. I’m Teofimo Lopez.
“Lomachenko had to find that out the hard way. Richard Commey had to find that out the hard way. All these guys, put ‘em in front of me, they’ll find out the hard way. It’s a different platform when I’m in there, man. It’s a different beast.”
Kambosos is coming into this fight on the back of a convincing split decision victory over “Wales” Lee Shelby. The fight was an IBF title eliminator and the scores (118-110, 116-112) in favour of Kambosos, while Shelby was controversially given a 115-114 after 12 rounds of battle at Wembley last year.
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) will be fighting for the first time since his landmark victory over Vasily Lomachenko back in October last year. Lopez scored the biggest upset of 2020 with a unanimous decision victory over Vasily Lomachenko carting away with the IBF, WBA, WBO and the WBC franchise 135-pound championships after 12 rounds at the MGM Grand Conference Center.
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