Teofimo Lopez: “I’m Going Into The Kambosos Fight Hurt”

Should Teofimo Lopez Have Admitted to Being Injured Before His George Kambosos Jr Fight?

Teofimo Lopez speaking on his upcoming November 27 fight with George Kambosos Jr
Teofimo Lopez | Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom USA

Should Teofimo Lopez Have Admitted to Being Injured Before His George Kambosos Jr Fight?

The lead-up to the November 27 match between unified IBF/WBA ‘super’/WBO world lightweight challenger Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) and IBF mandatory contender George Kambosos Jr (19-0, 10 KOs) has been a story in and of itself. There has been a change of dates, venues, networks, multiple delays, illness, and trash talk that could make it a boxing version of a soap opera.

Despite the shifts and turns outside the ring, the fight is almost here. It’s time for the champ and challenger to settle their differences inside the ropes once and for all at Madison Square Garden in New York City. One would think that the drama has subsided. Not yet, folks.


During the final pre-fight press conference on November 24, Lopez revealed that he’s coming into this fight not 100 percent. While talking about the obstacles athletes face while in battle, this is what the defending champ said.

“I fought Lomachenko hurt. I had a torn right wrist. I had a completely torn ligament in my foot fighting the best fighter in the world at the time. No fans, no audience, quiet as hell. What else can you do, against all odds? We all go into a fight hurt. I’m going into this fight hurt too, but hey, it’s a part of the game, it comes with it. That is what separates the greats from being legends.”

He went on to cite NBA Hall of Famers Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant, who gritted their teeth not only to compete but excel. He says it’s all about having a mindset to battle and conquer through adversity. Lopez didn’t disclose what specific injury is ailing him.


While one may understand his gladiator approach, you also have to wonder, is it wise to admit that you’re suffering before stepping in the ring? Yes, it’s true that more times than not, boxers are dealing with some bumps, bruises, and physical impediments before a fight. However, what you don’t do as a fighter is admit it beforehand.

This game is more mental than physical. You never want to give off a sense of vulnerability in any manner. It gives your opponent an extra boost of confidence. It also provides a built-in excuse should he lose, which would not play well with the fans.

Is this a testament that Teofimo Lopez is so confident in beating George Kambosos that he considers it no big deal? Or, is this a sign of immaturity and overconfidence? We will all get our answers on November 27.

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By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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