López Stunned By Kambosos Jr

López Stunned By Kambosos Jr

A great win doesn’t make a great fighter. Teofimo Lopez now understands that very point.

Going into any fight expecting to win is always a recipe for disaster, Lopez now understands that very point.

Lopez promised a 1st round stoppage on Saturday night, he told his faithful to put their hard earned money on such an outcome. Money, and plenty of it would undoubtedly have been lost. In truth, it seemed a reasonable bet. George Kambosos Jr had other ideas.

The Australian came into his fight with Lopez in a supporting role with little hope of victory. Kambosos left New York as the man, the unified lightweight champion of the world and free from the now standard rematch clauses. Many mistakes were made on Saturday night, in many ways, it made it a whole lot sweeter.

Kambosos didn’t read the script, López didn’t do enough on a night where reputations are made and lost in equal measure.

López beat Vasiliy Lomachenko and started to believe his own hype. Some in his corner did also.

Expected to lose, Kambosos promised a different scenario. López very quickly believed him. López expected a quick night, after the opening three minutes he realised it was to be anything but. López came out looking for a knockout, instead he found a whole load of unexpected trouble.

López found himself on the floor towards the end of an exciting opening round. The pattern had already been set. From that big right hand, Kambosos always looked the likely winner in a pulsating absorbing contest.

The corner work left a lot to be desired, with conflicting noise in his ear, López struggled to find what he needed. But victory seemed to be rescued from the jaws of defeat in the 10th round when López put Kambosos on the floor in the 10th round and victory loomed for the heavy betting favourite.

The Australian had started to show the first signs of fatigue and fragility in the 9th round and Lopez went for the kill in that pivotal 10th round.

But Kambosos survived, and near victory turned into a missed opportunity for the supposed superstar of his division.

Lopez had shot his bolt, and Kambosos won the final two rounds with relative ease. The decision was split, predictably so, if not fully justified. Make no mistake, it was close, but Kambosos was a more than deserving winner. The officials scored it 115-111 113-114 115-112.

Father and son tried to take away the new WBA, WBO, and IBF lightweight champions moment away in the immediate aftermath. With a different mindset from the diposed champion and more coherent instructions from the corner, Lopez may have saved his night. The former champion will move up in weight, hopefully, with lessons learned.

Many fights have been lost in recent times in a red hot lightweight division, and not all of them can be laid at the door of the pandemic. But the shock victory by Kambosos seems to open the door for the division to be reignited.

Much of the focus will be on what Lopez did wrong, but we should not lose sight of what Kambosos did right on a night where his life and career have changed forever.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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