Although many expected Teofimo Lopez to face off with Vasyl Lomachenko in a rematch of their October fight, Lopez will instead face IBF mandatory challenger George Kambosos Jr. on June 19. Lopez (16-0 with 12 knockouts) is one of the most exciting young boxers in the sport today. That led to Triller bidding more than four times the amount that Top Rank was offering to air the fight. Kambosos (19-0 with 10 knockouts) is a worthy challenger, but boxing analysts don’t seem to be giving him much of a chance. Triller is the home of this lightweight title fight. The main card is slated to start at 9 p.m. ET from the home stadium of the Miami Marlins.
When: Saturday, June 19, 2021
Where: LoanDepot Park, Miami, Florida
Why: WBA, WBO, IBF, and The Ring lightweight belts
Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr. Betting Odds
Teofimo Lopez -1600
George Kambosos Jr. +819
Lopez is a substantial favorite according to the boxing betting odds ahead of his showdown with Kambosos. Currently, a $1600 bet on Lopez would return $100 at this price if he were to win. Conversely, a $100 wager on Kambosos would earn a bettor $819 if he were to have his hand raised.
As the fight nears, there will be decision betting too. You will be able to bet on whether the fight is decided by KO, TKO, or decision, and you can bet on which boxer will win the fight in that fashion as well.
Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr. Preview
It’s scary how good Lopez is at 23 years old. He won the 2015 Golden Gloves in the lightweight division, and he turned pro the following year. His debut fight was on the undercard of a Manny Pacquiao promotion, letting him showcase his potential early.
Lopez won his first five fights by knockout, and he earned a minor title shot a little less than three years ago. He proved his mettle with a sixth round TKO of William Silva to grab the WBC Continental Americas lightweight strap. In December 2018, he dominated Mason Menard and picked up a first round knockout to win the WBA-NABA, WBC-NABF, and IBF-USBA lightweight titles.
We saw him defend those titles with consecutive knockouts of Diego Magdaleno and Edis Tatli. Masayoshi Nakatani went the distance with Lopez in his next fight, but he still won a unanimous decision. That set up a major title fight with Richard Comney, and he won by second round TKO to earn the IBF lightweight belt.
His next fight saw him score his biggest victory to date by a wide margin. Lopez was a sizable underdog to Vasyl Lomachenko in their lightweight unification bout. Lomachenko was considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world by some observers, but it was Lopez who was the better fighter in October. He took control of the fight early, and a late push from Lomachenko wasn’t enough to stop Lopez from winning by unanimous decision.
This will be the biggest fight of Kambosos’ career. He began his professional career in his native Australia and spent four years taking on all comers. Kambosos won the Australian lightweight title in August 2014, and he claimed the WBA Oceania lightweight belt in December 2016.
His first trip across the pond was successful as he defeated Jose Forero by first round knockout three years ago. That victory was followed with a second round TKO of JR Magboo, and he also defeated Rey Perez and Richard Pena.
Kambosos became the IBF mandatory challenger after beating Mickey Bey and Lee Selby in the span of 10 months. However, he wasn’t too impressive in either of those fights. Both victories came by split decision, so he is definitely taking a big step up in competition here.
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