Belts on The Line
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Who won Lopez vs Kambosos Jnr?
George Kambosos Jnr beat Teofimo Lopez by split decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 27th November 2021 at Madison Square Garden Theater in New York.
The scorecards were announced as 112-115, 111-115, 114-113 in favor of winner George Kambosos Jnr.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
This contest was for the unified lightweight championship of the world, with the WBA & IBF belts on the line.
Also, on the undercard Azinga Fuzile was defeated by Kenichi Ogawa for the IBF World Junior Lightweight championship and Zhilei Zhang beat Craig Lewis.
Lopez vs Kambosos Jnr stats
Teofimo Lopez stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 16 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
George Kambosos Jnr made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 19 wins and 0 draws, with 10 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Lopez had a large advantage in power over Kambosos Jnr, boosting at 75% knock out percentage over Kambosos Jnr's 53%.
Teofimo Lopez was the younger man by 4 years, at 24 years old.
Kambosos Jnr had a height advantage of 1 inch over Lopez. Despite this, he had 1-inch reach advantage.
Both Teofimo Lopez & George Kambosos Jnr fought out of an orthodox stance.
Lopez was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 3 less fights, and made his debut in 2016, 3 year and 5 months later than Kambosos Jnr, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 46 less professional rounds, 72 to Kambosos Jnr's 118.
Lopez vs Kambosos Jnr form
Lopez remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Vasyl Lomachenko on 17th October 2020 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Lightweight, IBF World Lightweight and WBO World Lightweight championship fight at The Bubble, MGM Grand, Nevada, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Richard Commey on 14th December 2019 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their IBF World Lightweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Going into that contest, he had beat Masayoshi Nakatani on 19th July 2019 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Lightweight eliminator fight at MGM National Harbor, Maryland.
Before that, he had defeated Edis Tatli on 20th April 2019 by knockout in the 5th round at Madison Square Garden, New York.
He had won against Diego Magdaleno on 2nd February 2019 by knockout in the 7th round at The Ford Center at The Star, Texas.
Kambosos Jnr remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Lee Selby on 31st October 2020 by split decision in their IBF World Lightweight eliminator fight at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Mickey Bey on 14th December 2019 by split decision in their 10 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat Richard Pena on 7th June 2019 by technical knockout in the 6th round at Olympic Hall Galatsi, Athens, Greece.
Before that, he had won against Rey Perez on 19th January 2019 by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States.
Hehad beat JR Magboo on 15th July 2018 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Teofimo Lopez had been fighting more than George Kambosos Jnr.
Going to this contest, Teofimo Lopez had last fought 1 year, 1 month and 16 days ago, while George Kambosos Jnr's last outing had been 1 year, 1 month and 2 days ago.
Lopez's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 10 months and 1 day, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 38 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.6 rounds on average.
Kambosos Jnr's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 4 months and 18 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 4 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 38 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.6 rounds on average.
What time did Lopez vs Kambosos Jnr start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, United States, which was around 3:00 AM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Lopez vs Kambosos Jnr?
Teofimo Lopez was a 1/10 (-999) favourite going into the contest, while George Kambosos Jnr made his way into the ring at 6/1 (+600) with oddsmakers.