Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr. Set For June 5 in Miami

Published 03/11/2021, 8:00 AM EST
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)


The unified lightweight champion, Teofimo Lopez, is all set to defend his titles against George Kambosos Jr. The bout between the two was in talks for a considerable time, and it even went to purse bids. Now, the location and date of the bout has been revealed. The duo will contend with each other in a 12-round war on June 5 in Miami.

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Teofimo Lopez’s manager, David McWater, recently interacted with Ring TV. Here he shed some light on the Lopez vs Kambosos Jr. clash.

“Miami will be great for him, He grew up right there. The family left Brooklyn when he was 8, so he was in that area for ten years,” he said.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Teofimo Lopez Jr punches Vasiliy Lomachenko in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

The ‘Takeover’s last in-ring appearance was against the Ukrainian, Vasyl Lomachenko. The fight went the distance, and the American secured a unanimous decision win.

Lopez even won The Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year for his enthralling performance against ‘Loma’. With that win, Lopez solidified his resume with 16 wins and 0 losses. Moreover, he established himself as the unified lightweight stalwart.

Ever since then, the 23-year-old has been asking for a rugged contender to defend his titles. And it seems like his mandatory, George Kambosos Jr., is just the ideal fit for the same.

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Can George Kambosos Jr. provide a stern test to Teofimo Lopez?

Although ‘Ferocious’ is going into this fight as an underdog, he still has all the weapons under his wing to beat the ‘Takeover’. On paper, Kambosos Jr. looks strong as he edges over the latter in terms of the number of fights taken.

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Akin to the champion, the Australian is undefeated and has a professional record of 19 wins with 10 arriving by T/KO.

On the other side, Lopez is a young force in the sport, looking to vanquish every fighter from his way. He’d look to bring a more polished version of himself to tackle Kambosos Jr.

Overall, this bout promises to be an absolute blinder and fans are keen to see who among the two gets his hand raised.

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Who will you be supporting once the action gets underway in a squared circle in Miami?

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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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