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Teofimo Lopez Sr. Wants His Son To Box George Kambosos Jr. Next
The fight would be a rematch of their 2021 encounter where the Australian won by a split decision to become the new IBF, WBA and WBO lightweight champion: 115-111, 113-114, 115-112.
The result was all the more surprising, given that Lopez had just beaten Vasiliy Lomachenko in the fight before. However, in the aftermath there were suggestions that Lopez was not 100 percent.
Reports indicated that the fighter had a medical issue by the name of pneumomediastinum, which was diagnosed after the fight during a visit to hospital. As such, the fighter should not have been medically in a position to fight.
“He could have died, for sure. How he breathed, I can’t even explain to you. It’s like somebody tied a 300-pound set of weights around his chest … like his neck and chest were in a vise. That’s how he fought,” Dr. Linda Dahl
In addition to this, Lopez claimed that he had done enough to win the fight as the boxer went on a tirade against DAZN after having chosen to box on their platform rather than the traditional ESPN that he usually does.
With that being said, Lopez Sr. was intent on making the fight happen.
Lopez Sr. On Kambosos
“I want Kambosos. We’ll tank that mother f***er right now, and you know what Bob [Arum of Top Rank] told me? ‘He [Kambosos] can’t fly from Australia.’ I don’t know,” said Teofimo Lopez Sr. to Punsh Drunk Boxing about wanting Kambosos Jr. for Teofimo’s next fight. “So, I told Bob, ‘Let’s do it in Australia. That boy will never even touch my son, bro. We’ll box the s**t out of him. I want to talk about it. Do you know why? Because I want the whole world to see when we beat the s**t out of his a** and knock his f***ing a** out,” Lopez Sr.
Nevertheless, the fight may not be as big as what it could have been. Since Kambosos’ win over Lopez, the Australian has been beaten twice by Devin Haney in a comprehensive manner.
The ‘Dream’ would end up becoming the new undisputed lightweight champion. Meanwhile, Kambosos’ last win over Maxi Hughes was contentious, with many believing that the Brit had done enough to win.
And yet the narrative has been that Lopez has not looked the same since the Kambosos loss. His win over Sandor Martin was not the best performance, as Lopez infamously asked: “Do I still got it.” And that is the narrative that Lopez Sr. was looking to put to bed.
“That’s a sorry a** boy and that boy isn’t going the distance with my son. He’s going to knock him out, and he already knows it; he already felt it. I want that f***ing fight so everybody can shut the f**k up already. Do you know what I’m saying,” Teofimo Sr