Teofimo Lopez vs. George Combosos, Weight-in, Video, Promoters Cookie Call, Feedback

Teofimo Lopez vs. George Combosos, Weight-in, Video, Promoters Cookie Call, Feedback

Teofimo Lopez vs. George Combosos, Weight-in, Video, Promoters Cookie Call, Feedback

Teofimo Lopez will end a 13-month-long career when he faces Australian challenger George Combosos in an undisputed lightweight championship match that has seen dramatic changes in eight dates.

In addition to all the delays, Lopez’s title defense includes six different proposed locations and several legal challenges in the soap opera featuring fights between boxers, promoters and lawsuits.

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But on Saturday, WBA, IBF and WBO champion Lopez will finally put on his 135-pound crown against the big underdog combos at New York’s Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden.

“I would definitely like to fight more this year and that was the goal, to fight two or three times this year, but things happen,” Lopez said. “I found Kovid, the (promoter) postponed the fight several times.

“I’m here now, it’s war week and I’m going to make sure 2022 is my year.”

Tufimo Lopez, left, and George Combosos face off in their weight-in on November 26, 2021 in New York. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Unbeaten Lopez (16-0, 12 knockouts) is fighting for the first time since his stunning victory over Vasily Lomachenko in October 2020 in Las Vegas. He was 23 and only in his 16th fight, but Lopez made a quick start against the Ukrainian champion and won unanimously.

The victory lifted Lopez to the rank of undisputed champion but instead of taking advantage of his success, he faced a long retreat.

He was originally scheduled to fight Combosos in late May but was followed by a series of delays, including one because Lopez contracted Kovid-19. Lopez made the announcement on June 12 after joining the Shakur Stevenson-Jeremiah Nakathila battle in New Jersey.

New York-born Lopez represented Honduras at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro but failed to win a medal.

Combosos, who lives in Sydney, Australia, is a high-powered fighter who, like Lopez, has not fought since October last year. Combosos has won two of his last two fights against Mickey Bay and Lee Selby.

This is Combosos’ third battle on American soil.

“I have been very patient and I have been working every day, day by day, and I knew that every day I was going to get better and better. And when the battle comes, I will be 110 percent ready, “said Combosos.

With Saturday’s win, Lopez could look to the future against Devin Haney, who has a WBC lightweight belt. Another option could be to compete with rising star Garvonta Davis.

Undercard will include Ajinga Fuzil vs. Kenichi Ogawa for the vacant IBF Junior Featherweight title and Ray Ford vs. Felix Carabolo for the Featherweight competition.