George Kambosos Jr. won’t waste any time going after Teofimo Lopez on June 19.
Kambosos promised that he’ll approach Lopez much differently than how Vasiliy Lomachenko fought Lopez. A curiously cautious Lomachenko’s low punch output in the first half of their lightweight title unification fight clearly cost the former champion on the scorecards.
Lomachenko made their 12-round bout much more competitive during the final six rounds, but Lopez built a sizable lead in the first half of their fight. Lopez upset Lomachenko by unanimous decision October 17 to retain his IBF belt and won the WBA, WBC franchise and WBO championships from the Ukrainian southpaw in an ESPN main event.
Brooklyn’s Lopez defeated Lomachenko comfortably on the scorecards of judges Julie Lederman (119-109), Steve Weisfeld (117-111) and Tim Cheatham (116-112). Kambosos claims, though, that he was worried Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) would knock out the undefeated Lopez toward the end of their fight at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.
“I love action,” Kambosos said. “Come round one, I’m bringing action. I’m coming to fight. We all saw Lomachenko. He didn’t throw a punch in six rounds. And when he started throwing punches, when he started throwing punches, we all saw what happened. We all heard, we all saw the injury. He had one shoulder and at a stage I thought this kid was gonna go. I thought to myself, ‘Man, I hope he doesn’t get iced because I wanna fight him.’ I’ve said it previously – I wanted the fight with him. I knew what he brings to the table when we both clash.”
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) and Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) will headline a Triller Fight Club pay-per-view show at LoanDepot Park in Miami, the home stadium of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins. Australia’s Kambosos, who is the IBF’s mandatory challenger for one of Lopez’s four lightweight titles, reminded Lopez that, unlike other lightweights, he actually wants to challenge the undefeated, unified champion.
“Look at all these other lightweights,” Kambosos said. “Who, straight up, after this fight mentioned his name, straight away? Me. I, straight away, after I beat Lee Selby, ‘Lopez, let’s do it.’ … I see something.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.