Teofimo Lopez has to deal with the loss to George Cambosos and move forward – Boxing Sports

Teofimo Lopez lost to George Kambosos Jr. on Saturday.. He wasn’t knocked out with fluffy shots and wasn’t beaten by controversial decisions by referees and judges. He was beaten because he was the second best fighter in the ring with an apparent majority of 12 rounds.

Theofimo was out of the box by Cambosos and fought. Cambosos responded to all the words that almost no one, including me, believed he could live before the battle.I think most of us believed it Cambosos I believed it, but please listen. I’ve seen him fight Mickey Bey and Lee Selby. I didn’t know how Cambosos could deal with Theofimo Lopez.I thought he was at the level of a fighter — that means I’m pretty good, but not that Good — Lopez had already eaten a feast before defeating Richard Commey and Vasiliy Lomachenko to become true boxing stars.

Cambosos (20-0, 10 KO) beat Lopez (16-1, 12 KO). Because he was better than him at night.Maybe if you just need to stick to something I want If you believe, you tell yourself that Lopez will beat him 9 out of 10 or something, in fact, Lopez is still good because you had already thought about it before.In other sports I saw a big upset that everyone must deeply respect On Saturday, such a brain exercise Expert devastation that Cincinnati has better playoff cases than Ohio..

Cambosos won, deserved to win, and did so because he was better in the ring when it became a problem. You play a game You fight the fight. Sometimes what you expected didn’t happen and you were wrong about one or several things.

Repeat it as needed. Teofimo Lopez may want to do that too.

24-year-old Lopez didn’t go well after losing to Cambosos. “Everyone knew” that he had won the battle, interrupting the winner’s celebration and the post-match interview with DAZN’s Chris Mannix. They didn’t know that. Because he didn’t — and created an absolutely bizarre theory of the political power of boxing or whatever conspired against him. This is generally not the case if someone is at least -1000 favorites. , And one of the top sports stars.

There are excuses by Lopez and supporters. They may point out a 13-month layoff. This will keep more water if Cambosos hadn’t had the exact same layoff, and the final battle will be only two weeks after Lopez’s last battle. There may be more talk that he made 135 pounds and was drained. Hey, I believe him, Teofimo said in 2019, more than a year before fighting Lomachenko, the 135 couldn’t be comfortably lengthened. But the idea that “they” are “draining him” is nonsense, as he put it down during a post-combat walk. Who are they? “Who made him fight against his will at 135?

Lopez must look closely in the mirror and in the corner. Was he the best person I could have on Saturday? The answer is flat no, why? Is it just weight? If so, move up. Is it outside the ring? If so, it needs to be dealt with before it comes back.

Does he need a new head trainer? Most armchair coaches and fans will say so. From time to time, fighters (even top fighters) make corner changes to give them a new look at what they can add, tweak, and overhaul for a fresh set of eyes and ears. I need it. And to be honest, Teofimo Sr gave little of what everyone thought was good advice in the Saturday corner.

Teofimo Lopez has many decisions and some realities to accept
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Maybe Teofimo is ahead of himself, and Cambosos is a passion that helped Lopez highlight his success and victory over Romachenko, take “hunger” from him, and confuse the odds for Loma. I took the fire. in the first place.

One thing is certain: Theofimo wasn’t focused on Saturday’s fight. He may have felt that he was, but his feelings made him better and he really recovered from the absurd and reckless first round that his excessive attacks dropped him. There wasn’t. The attack in that first round was called “amateur” by Jessica McCaskill’s analysis of DAZN, and she was right. Cambosos mentally defeated Lopez before defeating Lopez in the ring. He got under his skin and in his head, and it looked terrible.

At some point in the battle, early, middle rounds, and late, he found himself a little shocked at what was happening. Not only did Cambosos not fold under high pressure early on, but the Australians calmed down, fought wisely and ate landed shots. When Lopez dropped Cambosos on the 10th, George recovered wisely — he survived the rest of the round and gave Lopez no chance to finish, and Lopez had little left to give 11 In the fight he returned strongly on the day and the 12th.

That said, there’s a lot to lead, and a lot to say here, but I think it’s important to give Teofimo Lopez some time. He just lost his shock. He was stunned during the battle, and undoubtedly afterwards. The first loss of his professional career didn’t happen to the guy Lomachenko was probably considered the best Pound for Pound fighter in the sport at the time a year ago, but no one beat him. To a man who didn’t think he could do it. His father claimed it was a “wonder of the day” that he would forget his name after the battle.

It’s a big hit to the ego and a difficult drug to swallow. Lopez was a young, passionate man, a competitor, and expected to win. At that moment, he might even feel that he did. If he makes his head a little clearer and looks back, you may find out what went wrong. Digging deeper, he probably already knows a lot of things that didn’t work.

Lopez arguably did not show the most “professional” reaction to a catastrophic defeat, so it should not be called a fraud by filling his entire career and reputation. If he comes back in a week, a month, three months or something and is still talking about being robbed by a judge or something, worry.

For now, give Theofimo the opportunity to shake it off and think about what happened. This is still a very talented young fighter and he can definitely remain a starfighter.

An upset will occur. Top fighters sometimes lose shocker. How they treat it and how they come back from it really tells their story when everything is said and executed.

I don’t think boxing necessarily lost the star on Saturday. I think one has been added to George Kambosos Jr. Even if we don’t see a rematch right away, it’s possible that someday the two will slow down again.

– Boxing Sports

Teofimo Lopez has to deal with the loss to George Cambosos and move forward Teofimo Lopez has to deal with the loss to George Cambosos and move forward

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