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Lopez Suffers First Defeat As Kambosos Wins



Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos finally settled their differences tonight. The bout, postponed over and over again, materialized in the Theater at Madison Square Garden where Lopez and Kambosos engaged in a bloody brawl before a sell-out crowd.

However, when the smoke cleared, Kambosos was deemed the winner by split decision, saddling Lopez with his first defeat while shearing away Lopez’s various lightweight title belts.

During the long lead-in to this fight, the animosity between Teofimo and Kambosos became more intense. In the opening round, Lopez came out of his corner throwing haymakers, but late in the round Kambosos put him on the deck with an overhand right, momentarily hushing the crowd.

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Kambosos was able to counter Lopez effectively and landed more punches during the first nine rounds, but in the tenth, he was felled with a chopping right hand and for a moment it seemed as if Lopez, a big favorite, would take the fight out of the hands of the judges.

But Kambosos had good powers of recuperation and was able to turn the fight back in his favor in the next round during which a big gash over Lopez’s left eye led referee Harvey Dock to call “time” so that the ring physician could get a closer look at it. He let the match continue and the final round had the fans on their feet.

Judges Frank Lombardi (115-111) and Glen Feldman (115-112) scored the fight for Kambosos. Don Trella was the apostate, giving the nod to Teofimo by a 114-113 tally. It was the third straight win by split decision for the Sydney, Australia, resident who nipped Mickey Bey and Lee Selby prior to landing this match.

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The decision should have been unanimous. Kambosos improved to 20-0 (10).

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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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