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    Former Pacquiao sparmate Kambosos now a world champ after upset of Lopez

    Nov 28, 2021
    George Kambosos scores a huge upset win over the previously unbeaten Teofimo Lopez.
    George Kambosos scores a huge upset win over the previously unbeaten Teofimo Lopez.
    PHOTO: Matchroom Sports

    FORMER Manny Pacquiao sparmate George Kambosos pulled off a massive upset on Sunday, scoring a split decision against Teofimo Lopez to win the unified world lightweight titles in New York City.

    Kambosos, the heavy-handed 28-year-old Australian, stunned Lopez by knocking him down in the opening round with a big right hand that set the tone for the brutal slugfest.

    George Kambosos served as Manny Pacquiao's sparmate for the Jeff Horn and Lucas Matthysse fights.

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    The challenger himself went down in the 10th round, but managed to survive the storm and went on to get the nod of the two judges, 115-111 and 115-112. The remaining one had Lopez the winner, 114-113.

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    The biggest victory of his career raised Kambosos' record to 20-0 (10KOs), while dealing Lopez his first-ever loss [16-1 with 12 KOs).

    'Proud of you'

    Kambosos served as Pacquiao's sparmate when the eight-division world champion prepared for his title fights against Jeff Horn and Lucas Matthysse.

    Pacquiao immediately sent a congratulatory message to Kambosos.

    "Congratulations to my friend @georgekambosos on an epic win," the retired legendary Filipino fighter posted on twitter.

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      "You helped me in so many of my past fights. I hope our hundreds of rounds of sparring helped you in some way tonight. I'm proud of you."

      Kambosos later thanked Pacquiao in his own Twitter post.

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      George Kambosos scores a huge upset win over the previously unbeaten Teofimo Lopez.
      PHOTO: Matchroom Sports
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