Teofimo Lopez was ridiculed by boxing followers — even a few of his personal — over a surprising declaration that he received his combat over new light-weight world champion George Kambosos Jr.
Lopez, the defending champion, was the short-priced favourite to take down Kambosos, even claiming earlier than the combat that he would win with a first-round knockout.
However Kambosos shocked his opponent and the world with one of many gutsiest fights from an Australian seen on the world stage to assert a break up resolution victory (115-111, 115-113, 113-114) Saturday evening in New York.
The challenger exerted his dominance early, pulling down Lopez late within the first spherical with a overhand proper, earlier than occurring to dominate the center rounds.
It was clear by the ninth spherical that Kambosos had the higher hand and had Lopez rattled, though the American did land a couple of blows late within the contest that made for an intriguing remaining spherical.
Ultimately although, judges and followers alike have been satisfied Kambosos was the worthy winner. Lopez was left with a gaping minimize above his proper eye and clearly worse for put on.
Earlier than a choice had been made, Kambosos was seen in Lopez’s nook congratulating his opponent on a terrific combat and paying his respect to Lopez and his staff.
After the judges’ scores have been learn confirming Kambosos’ victory, the Australian let the group know.
“Have I modified all week? Have I modified all profession? By no means . . . I am not the king, since you’ve acquired 4 kings. I am the emperor,” Kambosos declared, braced with the light-weight belt.
“I am the best Australian fighter in historical past.”
OH YES HE KAM.
George Kambosos Jr. shocks the boxing world with a break up resolution upset win over unified light-weight champion Teófimo López.
The Australian was a serious underdog heading into Saturday’s combat.
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) November 28, 2021
Quickly after, a bloodied and crushed Lopez stood reverse Kambosos and took to the microphone to say he was the champion, a lot to the disapproval of his native crowd in New York.
“He is a hell of a fighter, however I received tonight, all people is aware of that,” Lopez mentioned to a backdrop of heavy booing from the viewers contained in the Hulu Theater at Madison Sq. Backyard.
“The referee raised my hand. I received tonight, I do not care what anyone says, yo, I received tonight. On the finish of the day, I have been right here, I completed that, I wish to thank God, I wish to thank all people that got here out tonight. Look, I ain’t no sore loser, I take my wins like I take my losses.
“On the finish of the day, man, I am a real champion, I did what I needed to do, and I went on the market and did my finest. I do not care what anyone says, man, I’m as actual as they arrive, and that is the takeover, man, we don’t cease, we hold coming.
“Yo, on the finish of the day man, I really like you all, I received this combat.”
Lopez was requested on what grounds he felt he deserved to win, to which the New York native mentioned: “On the finish of the evening, I scored it 11-2. 10-2.”
Kambosos reclaimed the microphone to say Lopez was dazed after the combat, earlier than silencing him.
“Take it like a champ. Let’’s do it once more in Australia in entrance of 80,000 folks,” the champion mentioned.
The reception to Lopez’s outrageous feedback was equally as disapproving on Twitter, with followers labeling the 24-year-old a sore loser.