Thursday, January 27

George Kambosos Jr. reveals the method of his madness after the world title victory over Teófimo López

Newly crowned unified lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. revealed that he intentionally provoked Teofimo López into an emotional fight on his way to a thrilling world title victory.

Australia’s Kambosos scored a surprising split decision victory over favorite Lopez in New York on Saturday.

Lopez flew off the blocks in the first round, looking to fulfill his promise to give Kambosos an early knockout loss, but it was the Aussie who landed a fight-turning knockdown in the first frame.

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Speaking on Sunday, Kambosos said that the antagonistic actions he and his team employed in the run-up were part of the plan.

“We knew he was going to go out shooting and that was a lot of psychological games, teasing him, pissing him off and I knew he would go crazy and I just kept cool, stayed cool, caught his shots, took a partner, but I knew power wouldn’t It would upset me, “Kambosos told Matchroom.

“I knew he made that mistake when he stepped in a little too heavy and I lined him up with a beautiful right hand and caught him clean and knocked him down and the fight changed.”

After taking the first round, Kambosos appeared to have the upper hand in the early and middle stages of the fight, but Lopez rallied for a contest before landing on his own in the 10th round.

Lopez swarmed in an attempt to end the fight, but Kambosos made it to the bell, before coming out strong in the final two rounds to seal the victory.

“It was more of a quick knockdown,” Kambosos said of the timing of Round 10.

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“I think I got a little excited with the crowd and I felt like I was about to run him over and put him on the sword. That’s a good learning curve too. I got a little excited at that stage.

“I think when he knocked me down in the 10th and tried to finish me off and I got up and he was still throwing punches and still there I think that destroyed him psychologically.

“He thought, ‘This guy is not going. What is he made of?’ I knew that would have deflated him so I went out and Round 11 was probably my best round and Round 12 closed the show. “

The fight improved Kambosos’ record to 20-0, while Lopez (16-1) tasted defeat for the first time in his career.

In the ring immediately after the decision, Lopez said he felt like he won the fight 10 rounds to two.

“I don’t need to answer that, it’s an illusion,” Kambosos said.

“He’ll look back and think, ‘I was wrong there’ because he lost a lot of fans for doing that.”

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As for what’s next for Australia’s first unified champion since Kostya Tszyu, Kambosos plans to show up at the Devin Haney-JoJo Diaz fight in Las Vegas next week before a possible undisputed home fight next year.

“One hundred percent, but that has to be in Australia,” he said.

“I have taken the hard road, I have been in the trenches abroad, I have it all now. If they want a chance, they have to come see me.”

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