Teofimo Lopez Disposes All Belts Except One at Weigh-Ins for the George Kambosos Jr. Fight

Published 11/27/2021, 5:41 AM EST
OXON HILL, MD – JULY 19: Teofimo Lopez in his corner after the tenth round of his lightweight IBF World Title Elimination fight against Masayoshi Nakatani (not pictured) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)


Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr.’s fight is inching closer. This fight will be Lopez’s first title defense for his WBA, WBO, and IBF lightweight straps. That said, it is one of the most important fights of 2021.

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This contest is even more interesting because of the rivalry shared by both these boxers. Recently, Lopez and Kambosos Jr. were involved in the weigh-ins for their fight. During the face-off, the unified lightweight champ did something astounding that eventually grabbed everyone’s attention.

‘The Takeover’ left his WBO and WBA belt aside only came ahead with his Ring Magazine strap.

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In general, any boxing champ who goes in for a faceoff with his opponent takes all of his belts along with him. Hence, this was quite odd.

In 2020, ‘The Takeover’ beat Vasyl Lomachenko to become the unified king of the lightweights. Post that, he even got awarded with the Ring Magazine’s Co-Fighter of the Year title, alongside Tyson Fury.

Regardless of whatever Lopez did in the above video, his sole aim would be to defend all of his belts on Saturday night. A win here is extremely important to him, as he would want to prove that he can retain his place atop the mountain.

Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr. – A much-awaited lightweight contest

Lopez vs Kambosos Jr. was originally set for June 5. But, it later got shifted to June 19. Post that, as Lopez tested positive for Covid-19, this bout was rescheduled for August 14.

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However, the rigmarole wasn’t over, as this contest witnessed some more date changes. As Triller washed their hands off the contest, Matchroom took over and all parties finalized this bout for November 27.

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Fans have eagerly waited for this bout because Kambosos Jr., despite being an underdog, won’t be an easy opponent for Lopez.

It will be interesting to see who among the two men makes the most out of this outing on Saturday night.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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