Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr: fight prediction, card, odds, expert picks, preview, start time

The boxing calendar is finally focused on Teofimo Lopez against George Kambosos Jr. after no shortage of complications to get to that date. Lopez will defend his IBF, WBO and The ring lightweight titles against IBF mandatory challenger George Kambosos Jr. The card takes place at the Hulu Theater inside Madison Square Garden in New York City (8 p.m. ET, DAZN – Subscribe now)

Lopez (16-0.12 KOs) arguably just scored the most important victory of his professional boxing career to date when he won a unanimous decision over fellow top 10, Vasiliy Lomachenko, in October 2020. Triller’s attempt to book Lopez against Kambosos on multiple occasions, Lopez returns to the boxing ring after a 13-month layoff, the longest in his professional career. Triller initially won the scholarship offer to star Lopez against Kambosos with a staggering bid. It was scheduled for June 5, then pushed back to June 19 and pushed back once more to August 14. The fight was blocked on October 4 in New York, postponed to October 16 in Brooklyn, and ultimately disbanded. Matchroom Boxing won the fight after Triller breached his obligations.

There were several names who wanted to clash with Lopez after his victory over two-time Olympic champion Lomachenko. Lomachenko’s rematch was considered, as well as a grudge match with Devin Haney; however, it was ultimately the mandatory IBF challenge that got the call. Lopez, the 10-1 favorite, is expected to extend his winning streak against his undefeated compatriot, adding another knockout to his record.

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Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) has chances and expectations against him following split-decision wins over Lee Selby and Mickey Bey. Much like his next foe, Kambosos also has a long delay in action due to the failure of Triller’s planned fight. A fighter from start to finish, the Australian has shown an ability to finish the fight in all frames: sooner, mid or later. That being said, his nearly 50% KO rate doesn’t inspire much confidence against the more powerful and technical Lopez. Kambosos works with quick hands and an active jab. Maintaining its activity will be essential to dethrone the champion.

Here’s the latest fight card for Saturday night with odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

Lopez card vs Kambosos, odds

Teofimo Lopez -1000

George Kambosos Jr. +650

Lightweight

Azinga Fuzile -220

Kenichi Ogawa +180

Super featherweight

Raymond Ford -1500

Felix Caraballo +850

Lightweight

Andreas Katzourakis

Wendy Toussaint

Average weight

Zhilei Zhang -1200

Craig Lewis +750

Heavy weights

Ramala ali

Isela Vera

Super bantamweight

Christina cruz

Marygreen Vellinga Hinz

Fly weight

Prediction

Expect Lopez to continue building his case as one of boxing’s next big stars. His power advantage will likely make the difference as the fight continues in the middle and late frames. Kambosos is a fast playing opponent; however, Lopez’s power coupled with his technique brings out misfortunes for his enemy “Fierce”. To take: Teofimo Lopez via TKO7

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