The WBA, IBF, WBO, and The Ring Lightweight Champion Teofimo Lopez will defend his title against the mandatory challenger George Kambosos at Madison Square Garden in New York. Read on for our complete betting guide taking a first look at Lopez vs Kambosos, including boxing odds, free expert boxing betting picks, and predictions.
Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos
Unified Lightweight Championship Main Event Bout
Saturday, November 27, 2021 – 10:04 PM EST at Madison Square Garden
Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs)
It’s been a long-awaited return to see the newly crowned lightweight king in action, with a 13-month gap stemming between Teofimo’s upset victory over the former champion and pound-for-pound great Vasiliy Lomachenko and his first title defense taking place this Saturday.
The Brooklyn native will be surrounded by familiar faces, fellow New Yorkers, and overwhelming support that he’ll want to impress on the night. Despite being just 24 years old, Lopez’s resume is extremely impressive. Even before dethroning Loma, he’d already notched wins against Masayoshi Nakatani and a devastating knockout over Richard Commey to become the IBF world lightweight champion.
Of course, his victory over Loma has been the most impressive to date. Nobody expected the 5”8 youngster to bully one of the pound-for-pound greats, but he did just that and unified the championships to become the lightweight king.
The oddsmakers are expecting this one to be a whitewash with a heavily juiced betting line. Still, Lopez cannot overlook another young up-and-comer with an undefeated record in Kambosos.
George Kambosos (19, 10 KOs)
George Kambosos put on a clinical display of boxing versus the UK’s Lee Selby to become the mandatory challenger for Lopez’s IBF championship at 135-pounds. Like Lopez’s dismantling of Loma, Kambosos was also underestimated and positioned as the bookmakers betting underdog.
The Australian native doesn’t possess the resume of Lopez, but the 27-year-old does own some attractive advantages heading into the weekend's highly-anticipated showdown. Kambosos stands at 5”9 ½, one inch and a half taller than Lopez.
This will be unknown territory for the defending champion, as he’s been the bigger man in 100% of his professional fights. With the considerable size advantage stripped from Lopez, can he still deliver his bully-tactics inside the ring?
In addition, Kambosos owns more experience with an unblemished 19-0 record, 10 of which were stopped inside the distance using his brutal punching power. The Sydney fan favorite is a proven winner and a heavy hitter that shouldn’t be underestimated, especially at this price tag.
Lopez vs. Kambosos Analysis and Breakdown
How Can Teofimo Defeat George Kambosos?
In my opinion, Lopez will own the speed and power advantage, and overall, he’s just the more talented boxer. He’s going from fighting and defeating one of the world's greatest to Kambosos, and in front of New York, I wouldn’t be shocked if we witnessed an early stoppage if Kambosos cockiness extends from his media shoots into the ring.
The New Yorker boasts one-punch knockout power in both hands, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a jab, hook, uppercut, or haymaker thrown – his power is always present.
How Can George Kambosos Defeat George Lopez?
Kambosos will present a few different factors for Lopez, but he’s undoubtedly a considerable drop-down in competition for the champion. The best path to victory for Kambosos would be to utilize the size advantage, outwork the champ with high volume and remain tentative to squeeze a split decision – much like his previous two contests.
Teofimo Lopez vs. George Lopez Betting Picks and Odds
The available boxing odds at Bookmakers Review are heavily juiced towards the champion for a multitude of reasons, but I’d never suggest laying 9u to collect 1u. However, I anticipate the defending champion will prove he’s the dominant boxer and take Kambosos out within 8 rounds.
Boxing Pick: Under 8 ½ rounds (-110) [1.10u to win 1u] with Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)
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