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George Kambosos Jr. Scores Huge Upset and Becomes Unified Lightweight Champion

In December of 2019 lightweight contender George Kambosos Jr. started building momentum as he defeated former IBF Champion Mickey Bey. It was a big win for Kambosos. He kept the ball rolling on Halloween night of 2020 when he was awarded a split decision victory against former IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby. On the strength of solid back-to-back victories, Kambosos became the IBF mandatory challenger for unified lightweight champion, Teofimo Lopez.
The boxing match was scheduled and then rescheduled multiple times. The fight would suffer an additional delay when Teofimo Lopez caught COVID-19. Overall the contest would experience eight-date changes and five different proposed locations. After a long drawn-out process, the bout between Lopez and Kambosos was finally set for Saturday, November 27th at New York’s Hula Theater in Madison Square Garden.
A product of Sydney, Australia, the 28-year-old George Kambosos Jr. walked to the ring as a 13-1 underdog. The New York crowd greeted him with a chorus of boos. Immediately after Kambosos stepped into the squared circle, the hometown favorite Teofimo Lopez started his walk to the ring. The 24-year-old received a lot of love from the crowd. Lopez entered the ring with a record of 16-0, with 12 knockouts. He was fighting for the first time since his signature win over Vasiliy Lomachenko. The champion entered the ring as an undefeated fighter, and the challenger also entered the ring with an unblemished record. Kambosos had a record of 19-0, with 10 knockouts.
After an intense staredown, the bell rang for the start of round one. Lopez started the bout in attack mode. He came out very aggressive. His pressing style enabled him to land four solid right-hand shots during the course of the opening round. Prior to the end of the round, Kambosos caught Lopez with an overhand right. It was the first time Lopez went down to the canvas. He got up as the bell rang ending round one. For the next eight rounds, the two boxers were involved in an entertaining match that consisted of a great deal of back and forth. Lopez would attack and Kambosos would effectively counter.
In the tenth round, Lopez used a pawing left jab to set up the right hand. The shot sent Kambosos down to the canvas. The challenger got up and was able to survive the last minute and forty-five seconds of the tenth round. The twelfth and final round would be a significant round as Kambosos did enough to outwork Lopez and be awarded the split decision victory. At the end of the match, Teofimo Lopez was in denial and George Kambosos spoke on the power of belief. “Did I change all week? Have I changed my whole career? Never. I believed in myself. You’d might not believed it, but I believed in myself. I’ve got all the jewels. I’m not the king, I’m the emperor, because I come to every country and take them out one by one.”
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