- Date & Location: Saturday, November 27 at Hulu Theater in New York City.
- Odds: Teofimo Lopez (-1000) vs. George Kambosos Jr. (+600) via Betonline
- Prediction: Lopez via knockout
Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr. was first scheduled to take place in June in Miami, but that fight was postponed after Lopez tested positive for COVID-19. The matchup has been postponed until August 14. Further delays with the promotion, Triller, saw that date come and go without a fight. Then, after Triller announced a date of October 16 for the fight, the promotion withdrew from the event and the fight was awarded to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom promotion. Matchroom has announced the fight will finally take place on November 27 at Hulu Theater in Manhattan.
Lopez has not fought since he scored a unanimous decision win over Vasyl Lomachenko in October. With that victory, Lopez moved to 16-0 in his career, retained his IBF lightweight title while adding the WBA (Super), WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles to his collection.
Kambosos is also unbeaten at 19-0. He is coming off an October split-decision triumph over Lee Selby. Kambosos is the mandatory challenger for the IBF title.
The Ring has Lopez ranked as its No. 1 lightweight. Kambosos is ranked at No. 9.
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Lopez vs. Kambosos prediction and pick
Looking at the records of these two undefeated lightweights, two things stand out, and that is the number of knockout wins and the quality of the opponent. Lopez has 12 knockout victories, which is two more than Kambosos, and Lopez, who has been winning titles since 2018, has faced stiffer competition.
Lopez is the more powerful and aggressive fighter of these two. He’s not as technical as his opponent, but he can box, something he showed in defeating Lomachenko in October and that makes him the rightful favorite in this contest.
If Lopez was fired up for the Lomachenko contest, expect him to be just as eager to face Kambosos. Now that he has a win over one of the top-10 pound-for-pound best, he has the opportunity to really make a name for himself at the age of 24.
Lopez is one of the best young boxers out there and he’s going to want to prove the Lomachenko victory was no fluke. I expect him to accomplish that with relative ease in this bout.
Pick: Lopez via knockout at -1000 via BetUS.
Who has the edge
Kambosos is the better technical boxer. He has good speed and good footwork, but he leaves himself open sometimes and is not as active as he should be. If Kambosos gives Lopez the opportunity to control this fight, Lopez will do so and he’ll use his power to dominate. I think that is exactly what is going to happen.
Prediction: Lopez via knockout at -1000 via Sportsbetting.
Tale of the tape
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What’s at stake?
For Lopez, a win here will open doors for him for bigger and more lucrative fights. He has to win this bout so he can begin to cash in on holding multiple titles. As for Kambosos, as a +600 underdog, a win over Lopez would be an enormous upset.
Underdog odds: Kambosos at +600 via BetOnline.
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