Betting preview: Brooklyn brawler Teofimo Lopez to give challenger beatdown

Lopez is fighting for the first time since defeating one of boxing's greatest in former three-division, double Olympic gold-medallist Vasyl Lomachenko.

Unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez will finally make his maiden title defence of his WBA, IBF, WBO, and The Ring belts against George Kambosos Jr. at the Hulu Theater, Madison Square Garden.

Lopez fights for the first time since upsetting former champion Vasiliy Lomachenko in October 2020. The Brooklyn native beat the Ukrainian by unanimous decision, taking with him the prized straps and unified crown.

Australian Kambosos Jr. comes into the fight as the mandatory IBF challenger, also boasting a perfect record and coming off the back of a split decision win against former IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby.

"The time has finally come!" said Lopez. "It has been a long wait for Team Takeover. We've been in the zone for six months and counting but we're pleased to be able to finally get this fight on DAZN!

Lopez added: "The Takeover will show the world once again why we are called 'The People's Champ'."

"It has been a long time coming, I have been patient but ready and I have continued to perfect my craft, leaving no stone unturned to be victorious and win all the belts," said Kambosos Jr.

"I'm very excited to be headlining the biggest fight of my life on another great Matchroom card against Teofimo Lopez after earning this opportunity last year by becoming the IBF mandatory and world number 1 on another great Matchroom show.

"I know they will give this fight the respect it deserves and I will shock the world and be crowned World Champion on November 27 in New York City."


George Kambosos

November 27 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, America.

What's on the line?

Almost everything. The WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, The Ring and lineal lightweight championships will be up for grabs.

How can I watch it?

DAZN worldwide in association with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing will broadcast the bout live in the US after Triller withdrew from hosting the event.

Where's the value?

Kambosos is a wide betting underdog at around 6/1, with the champion entering as short as 1/8 with Planet Sport Bet to retain his titles.

With a 75% KO ratio, Lopez can certainly bang and given Kambosos aggressive and come-forward style, this fight looks unlikely to go the distance.

While the Australian should not be underestimated in this title contest, Lopez's superior skills and experience should ensure he keeps hold of his titles in what could be a short and potentially explosive bout.

We're backing the Brooklyn brawler to maintain his grip on the 135lb division with a midway stoppage against a game but ultimately over-matched challenger.

A long time in the works

After defeating Vasyl Lomachenko via unanimous decision last year, the immediate reaction was about who he would face next.

Devin Haney - who won the vacant WBC title after Lomachenko had been elevated to Franchise champion ahead of his Lopez encounter - was a standout opponent.

Then there was Gervonta 'Tank' Davis and Ryan Garcia. The four of them were being regarded as having the potential to become the next 'Four Kings' after Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray LeonardRoberto Duran and Thomas Hearns.

Do they have bags of talent? Yes. But the difference is, Hagler and co did their talking in the ring rather than on social media. For them to be considered as the new generation, they have to fight each other to start with.

The lightweight division is stacked full of talent and we haven't even looked at other fights in and around their weight class, including Shakur Stevenson, Oscar Valdez and junior welterweight king Josh Taylor.

Lopez is rated as one of the best Pound for Pound fighters in world boxing but after being inactive - because of injury, Covid-19 and issues with streaming broadcaster Triller - there are question marks as to how he will perform. Kambosos is an underrated opponent who - if given the chance - could cause a huge shock.

The Australian's best win came against former featherweight champion Lee Selby - a victory which saw him installed as IBF mandatory challenger for Lopez.

There is a lot of heat between these two. Not just because of the trash-talk but also due to the number of postponements made - both want to fight and finally get a payday.

A quick night for Lopez?

Lopez is lightweight's new unified world champion [photo credit: Mikey Williams]
(photo credit: Top Rank/Mikey Williams)

Lopez, the brash-talking New Yorker, insists a quick night's work should be expected when these two finally get it on later this summer.

"I think that he's a strong fighter, hungry fighter, someone that's gonna want to come in aggressive, you know, and it's gonna be a good fight.

"It's gonna be one of those fights that you guys see toe-to-toe. And it's one of those types of events where this guy is one of those guys that has to prove something to himself, and this guy, he still has to prove something himself. So it's gonna be a great matchup" Lopez explained.

"It won't go past three, and that's what I stay on... I'm even thinking about putting money on it. So yeah, Kambosos, you're going down within three." he added.

Perhaps David Haye, who found himself in hot water with British boxing authorities when discussing his betting success in scoring a third round KO of Audley Harrison, should send Lopez a little warning about the potential pitfalls of speaking in such terms.

Beyond the betting bravado, Lopez's confidence is unlikely to be misplaced although Kambosos Jr. was quick to pull his punches when discussing his own expectations of the upcoming bout.

"Lopez is a fugazi, a fraud, a fake. He's got a fake persona filled with contradictions. Two months ago, he was talking about how gone Pacquiao was, now he's all over him because of the Spence fight announcement. What you see with me is real and what you get is real."

"I've sparred over 250 rounds with Manny Pacquiao, he told me if I'm as good against Lopez as I was in the gym against him that I'll be victorious and take home all the belts."

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