ew York hosts a huge lightweight clash on Saturday night as Teofimo Lopez takes on George Kambosos.
The 24-year-old American will stake his WBA, WBO, IBF and Ring magazine belts against Kambosos, in a bout between two undefeated fighters.
Lopez will make his first title defense since his stunning victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko last year, and the unified lightweight champion enters Saturday’s fight as a big favorite.
This is the first time that Kambosos has won a world title. The 28-year-old defeated British fighter Lee Selby by split decision late last year to become compulsory for the IBF title.
The fight was going to be broadcast on Triller after the platform won the handbag offer, but the IBF found them in default of their contractual obligation as the date and location could not be agreed.
Lopez vs Kambosos was due to take place on June 19 after a first delay, but that date also had to be pushed back after Lopez tested positive for Covid-19 at the start of the fight week.
There was then discussion that the fight would be moved to take place in Australia, with Lopez resisting it, before the date of the fight was again moved to various locations and on several different dates, due to clashes with other events. sportsmen.
In the absence of a breakthrough, the rights to the fight were awarded to the exchange’s second bidder, Matchroom and DAZN, bringing the saga to an end.
Eddie Hearn isn’t promoting any fighter, but he’s hosting the massive fight this week.
Lopez vs Kambosos combat card / undercard in its entirety
Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos
Azinga Fuzile vs. Kenichi Ogawa
Raymond Ford vs. Félix Caraballo
Andreas Katzourakis vs. Wendy Toussaint
Reshat Mati vs. Nicolas Pablo Demario
Zhilei Zhang vs. Bernardo Marquez
Christina Cruz vs. Marygreen Vellinga Hinz
Lopez vs Kambosos date, start time, location and ring walks
Lopez vs Kambosos takes place tomorrow night, Saturday, November 27, 2021 at the Hulu Theater in New York City.
As with most great American fights, British fight fans are going to have a long night. The main event is not expected to start until at least 4 a.m. GMT on Sunday morning.
The main card should start at around 1 a.m. GMT.
As always, the exact times depend on the length of those undercard fights.
How to watch Lopez vs. Kambosos
Direct: In the UK, Lopez Kambosos is available live on DAZN. A monthly subscription to the platform costs £ 7.99.
Lopez vs Kambosos fight prediction
Teofimo Lopez hasn’t been in the ring for over a year, but it was his sensational points victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko to stun the world and propel himself to the top of the sport.
If he’s close to those levels again this weekend, he should prove too good for George Kambosos. The American has vowed to end the fight in the first round in preparation, making it clear that he has no intention of this fight to go the distance.
While victory in the first three minutes may prove to be slightly ambitious, Lopez has proven in the past that he is capable of devastating early saves. He earned the IBF belt in 2019 by stopping Richard Commey in two rounds, with eight of 12 knockout wins of his career before the fight reached the third round.
Kambosos also has an unbeaten record, his last victory over Lee Selby in the UK last year to secure a chance at the world titles. This is a real step up in the classroom for Kambosos, however, and on paper he cannot match Lopez in either his skills or power.
We’re going with Lopez winning by knockout in the first six rounds, defending his belts and moving on to a potential fight against WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney.
Lopez vs Kambosos weigh-in
The final press conference took place on Wednesday, with the two fighters having to be separated as they exchanged insults on stage.
Kambosos is the underdog in the fight, but he’s adamant Lopez is going to have a surprise on Saturday night as the fight doesn’t end early.
“I’m ready to take whatever he has in New York,” said the Australian.
“Let’s see what he does after the first round when I’m still around. He says he’s hungry but he’s lying. We are ready for war.
Lopez replied, “He may be hungry, but there is a difference between hunger and hunger. I’m starving. I’m a lion and I’m ready to tear this guy up.
Lopez’s weigh-in against Kambosos took place on Friday night – Lopez weighed 135 pounds, Kambosos slightly lighter at 134.4 pounds.
Latest Lopez vs Kambosos betting odds
Lopez wins by KO / TKO or DQ: 4/9
Lopez wins by decision / technical decision: 3/1
Kambosos to be won via KO / TKO or DQ: 17/2
Kambosos to win by decision / technical decision: 11/1