The flippant nature in which George Kambosos Jr. believes he was treated by oddsmakers, had no bearing on the final outcome in arguably the biggest upset in 2021.
Filled with rage but level-headed enough to follow his succinct game plan, the Australian native successfully truncated the unified title reign of Teofimo Lopez. Although pegged as a significant underdog heading in, Kambosos fought fire with fire, sending his man crashing down to the canvas before picking up the split decision win.
Since having his gloves soaked in Lopez’s blood, the two have fulminated consistently over how their bout ultimately played out. According to Lopez, while he admits that Kambosos had his moments, he vehemently believes that he won their contest handily.
Nevertheless, following his defeat, Lopez opted against remaining at 135 pounds and would instead compete as a full-fledged super lightweight. In his first bout at the 140-pound weight limit, Lopez would return to the win column against Pedro Campa, brutally stopping his man in the seventh round. Although both Kambosos and Lopez haven't had the most cordial relationship, the 29-year-old smiled proudly when asked to give an assessment on Lopez’s performance.
“Me and Teo always go back and forth,” said Kambosos during a recent interview with FightHype.com. “I still go back at him when he brings up all of these excuses that he has but I’m proud of him. I’m actually very proud of him. To come back after the fight that we had, it shows that he’s a champion. I wish him all the best at 140.”
The Australian product's joyful attitude toward Lopez and his recent victory, however, becomes an unnerved one as he carefully sifts through some of the more notable names in the super lightweight division.
Shortly following his stoppage win, Lopez audaciously began to call out the likes of Regis Prograis, Jose Ramirez, and of course, Josh Taylor. If the decision were solely up to Lopez, his next ring appearance, tentatively scheduled for December 10th, would come against one of those aforementioned names.
Kambosos, on the other hand, believes that Lopez needs a bit more seasoning before placing him amongst the elites of the super lightweight division.
“His skills were evident. Campa was obviously a guy that they picked to build that confidence. Now does he have a lot of work to do for the bigger names at 140? Obviously, yes, but I’m sure he’ll be up to the challenge.”
Regardless of the pair now fighting in different weight classes, Kambosos isn’t willing to rule out a possible sequel with his loquacious rival. First things first, however, Kambosos will look to regain his championship status as he takes on Devin Haney in an immediate rematch on October 16th in Melbourne, Australia.
Considering the one-sided nature in which Kambosos lost their initial showdown just a few short months ago, he refuses to focus on anyone else outside of the newly minted undisputed champion. But, in any event, Kambosos does plan on keeping a watchful eye on how Lopez's career shakes out.
“We fight again in the future, no problem. But for now, I’m focused on Devin Haney.”