NEW YORK – Teofemo Lopez promised a first-round knockout and pushed hard for it by dumping Jorge Camposos, but the first round ended with the champ on the carpet.
Turns out, the landing wasn’t a coincidence, but a harbinger of things to come Saturday night at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden.
Kambosos, the underdog from Australia, survived a 10th-round elimination to score a split victory over Lopez in a massive upset to claim the WBO, WBA, IBF and WBC Lightweight Championships.
One judge recorded Lopez’s fight, 114-113, and the other two judges scored it for Campos, 115-112 and 115-111.
He believed in me, he trusted me. I thought, ‘I’m going to hit him hard and take him down,’ said Camposos, 28, and the fight changed… I’m an incredible fighter. I can’t believe how good boxing is.”
After eight changes in history Besides Lopez’s positive COVID case, numerous stops and starts in what was seen as an unequal battle, a routine defense of a rising star title, turned into an interesting event.
The fight exceeded anyone’s expectations. After the opening round concluded with Lopez on the floor, the pair exchanged gunfire all night.
Lopez (16-1, 12 KOs), of Brooklyn, New York, has made his mark with many public rights, and so has Camposos. Surprisingly, Kambosos was the cleanest drill bit. He was also the coolest fighter.
Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) hit Lopez at the end of Round 4 and dominated the fight. He worked out a jab and followed it up with a raised hand that marked Lopez’s face. When the decision was made, Lopez’s left eye was bleeding profusely, as was his nose. He also sustained a wound under his right eye.
Both fighters were taken to a local hospital after the fighting, and Lopez was taken to two separate wounds in both eyes and dehydrated camposos.
“I don’t care what other people say… I won this fight,” Lopez said after the fight.
For Lopez, this was a sudden fall from grace. Just 13 months ago, Lopez overturned new Hall of Famer Vasily Lomachenko to win four lightweight titles in a career victory. The historic victory earned Lopez a seventh place in the ESPN ratings for Sterling and seemed to put him on the path to stardom.
After the longest period of inactivity of his career, a battle with COVID-19 and all the chaos surrounding the rescheduled fight, Lopez looked lethargic and tired for the final eight rounds of Saturday night.
“They exhausted me all the time,” Lopez, 24, said of my difficulty hitting the 135-pound limit.
Kambosos was ahead on all three scorecards when Lopez brought him down with a tricky right hand. In his first fight of the tournament, the Australian staggered but continued to respond with punches as he tried to regain his balance.
By the time Round 11 began, Camposos had regained his senses. During the tournament rounds, Kambosos had the judges’ approval in four of the six possible rounds.
“It wasn’t a huge drop,” said Camposos, who entered match number 9 on ESPN at 135 pounds. “I wanted to feel powerful. [Pensé]I will punish him for what he just did to me.
Both fighters won the best bags of their careers Saturday night: Lopez earned $3,178,000 and Camposos earned $1,527,100.
With this victory, Camposos is now the number one fighter in one of the strongest boxing teams. The lightweight is the home of Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia, Joseph Diaz Jr.
It may no longer be Lopez’s home. He said he plans to lift up to 140 pounds, and was looking forward to a shot at undisputed champ Josh Taylor.
After Saturday’s loss, it is not clear where Lopez is heading, but the Camposos route is much safer.
Now, he’s the boss, said his promoter, Lou DiBella. “I won it tonight [defensa del título] Is mandatory. There is no rematch requirement. We will do what is best for the interests [George] From a business perspective.
“He’ll sit back, take some time off, and enjoy the victory. Then we’ll find the biggest fight we can do.”