George Kambosos Jr. Predicts Rough Weight Cut for Teofimo Lopez: “It’s Going to Be Harder Than Ever”

Published 09/19/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 20: Teofimo Lopez celebrates his fifth rounf knockout of Edis Tatli during their lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr. will finally get their hands on each other in a 12-round title clash on October 4 in New York, USA. After multiple delays, the unified lightweight championship bout is imminent and the Australian boxer, Kambosos Jr., seems ready to unleash his best side.

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He has been confident about overpowering ‘Take Over’ throughout the build-up of the contest. Besides, Kambosos Jr. also believes that cutting down to the championship weight (135 lbs) will be extremely difficult for the reigning champion, Teofimo Lopez. While addressing his plans in the lightweight division, George Kambosos Jr. also pointed that Teofimo Lopez isn’t really the best at 135.

In a chat with FightHype, he said, “Like I said, I want to fight the best fighters in the lightweight division. You know you have got this guy, he is looking at the 140 division. He is looking at different guys. But you gotta focus on Kambosos. Because I know that weight cut is going to be brutal. I know it’s going to be harder than ever.”

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Boasting an unbeaten run of 19-0 in the professional chain, George Kambosos Jr. has been eyeing the world title for a long time. Hence, the nearing fight will be the biggest chance of his career.

‘Fearless’ has all the attributes to achieve the milestone. He is skilled, unbeaten, and confident about gaining success against Lopez. However, all of it may not be very helpful if Teofimo Lopez appears in his best version on the fight night. If this happens, fans will get their money’s worth on October 4.

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As of now, Teofimo Lopez has reportedly recovered from Covid-19 and is back at the gym. Having beaten Vasyl Lomachenko for the belts in his last fight, ‘Take Over’ might be the favorite over ‘Ferocious’ Kambosos Jr. for several people. However, akin to Lopez, Kambosos Jr. has also been flawless in his career. Moreover, he is over an inch taller than Teofimo Lopez.

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Although these factors aren’t very crucial in crafting the outcome of the clash, they can still influence a lot. Hence, it will be wrong to write off either boxer based purely on the physical stats or past records.

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Who do you see winning? Teofimo Lopez or George Kambosos Jr.?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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