George Kambosos Jr. stun Teofimo Lopez to become the unified lightweight champion
“I’ve said time and time again: ‘You may not believe it, but I believe in myself.” And look at me now. I’ve got all the jewelry. I’m not a king, I’m an emperor because I go to every other country and I take them out one by one. “
Lopez won the title for the first time 13 months ago in Las Vegas after defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko.
His much-anticipated defense was put on hold for various reasons, including having to withdraw from a fight in June after contracting Covid-19.
But he ended up taking to the ring against the Kambosos, with the promise of a first-ever knockout.
However, it was the Americans who finished after the explosive first round, in which both boxers showed their strength.
The pair exchanged big blows for the rest of the fight – with Kambosos having to survive his subsequent knockdown.
But by the end of the game, it was champion Lopez who looked even worse, with his left eye and nose bleeding profusely.
It was the first loss in Lopez’s burgeoning boxing career, and a result that left him unsatisfied afterward.
“At the end of the day, I’m a true champion. I came out here, I did what I had to, and I went out there and I did my best. … take over. We don’t” t stop; We keep coming. “
In the stacked lightweight, Kambosos was named by Devin Haney, WBC lightweight belt holder.