By Sean Jones: Unheralded contender George Kambosos Jr. believes he’s going to shock the boxing world this Saturday, November 27th, when he takes on unbeaten IBF/WBA/WBO lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez in the main event on DAZN at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Kambosos believes Teofimo is making a mistake in thinking he’s an easy mark that he’ll obliterate in one round on Saturday. He’s wondering what Teofimo, 24, will do when he’s still standing after the first round and fighting back hard.
Interestingly, promoter Eddie Hearn, whose Matchroom Boxing promotional company is staging Saturday’s Teofimo-Kambosos fight, is already looking past this match towards a potential Teofimo vs. Devin Haney fight in early 2022.
Hearn’s early focus on the fight between Teofimo and Haney suggests that he views Kambosos Jr. as little more than a tiny speed bump for Teo this Saturday night.
The lack of interest from boxing fans in this fight would indicate that they’re not giving Kambosos much of a shot at winning either, and you can’t blame them. There’s nobody on Kambosos’s resume that jumps out at you to make you believe he’ll have a chance of winning against Teofimo.
When you look at how barren Kambosos’ eight-year record is in terms of quality names, it’s a red flag that the guy doesn’t belong in the ring with a talent like Teofimo.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) November 22, 2021
The 28-year-old Australian Kambosos Jr. is one of the most confident yet unproven fighters you’ll ever see in the sport. If his talent matched his confidence, Teofimo (16-0, 12 KOs) would be in trouble this Saturday night, but that’s not likely going to be the case.
Kambosos lacks power, and he had a hard time beating the only two notable fighters on his resume in 34-year-old Lee Selby and 37-year-old Mickey Bey. He just barely beat both of those guys by split decisions and showed his level in those fights.
In society, some people are just naturally overconfident, and they sometimes make a BIG mess of things.
Hopefully, Kambosos’ trainer reigns him in so that he doesn’t walk into a massacre on Saturday. You hate to say it but Kambosos is completely outgunned in this fight.
Teofimo is armed to the teeth in this match-up. The New Yorker has one-punch power with either hand, and he got bomb you out from any angle. In contrast, Kambosos is going into the contest with little more than a popgun, and his only hope of winning is to use his high-volume offense to outwork Teofimo.
Under those circumstances, Kambosos is going to be putting his chin on the firing line in every round, and his punch resistance isn’t at a high level, he’s gotten going to get taken out by Teofimo.
Sean Jones doubts Kambosos Jr. will make it out of the first round because he’s too easy to hit, and he’ll make it easy for Teofimo by trying to outwork him.
“My speed and the way I move and explosive power and shots that I land and throw and the punches in bunches and the combination punches that I have in my artillery, and my stamina and my fitness is just too much for this kid [Teofimo],” a confident George Kambosos said to AAP.
Kambosos Jr. appears to be a classic example of someone headed for disaster, and hopefully, he doesn’t get hurt on Saturday. The referee needs to keep a close eye on this fight because it could get out of hand early, possibly in the first round.
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— George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr (@georgekambosos) November 21, 2021
Teofimo has the youth, speed, power, and overall talent advantage over the 28-year-old Kambosos. This is a MASSIVE step down in class for Teofimo in going from fighting Vasily Lomachenko to Kambosos.
You can argue that it would also be a considerable step down in class from Teofimo’s past fights against Richard Commey and Masayoshi Nakatani.
“He’s been saying he’ll knock me out first round. Before he got COVID on June 19, he said he was going to knock me out within three, so what’s changed?” said Kambosos Jr.
“What’s he going to do for the next 11 when he doesn’t get that first-round knockout? He’s in big, big trouble,” Kambosos Jr. warns Teofimo.