By Jim Calfa: George Kambosos Jr took to social media to tell Teofimo Lopez to “stop being a b***” with the way he’s bellyaching about how he was injured before & during his loss to him last November.
Kambosos says Teofimo looked “great” before the fight and when he sent him to the ICU later. As far as Kambosos is concerned, Teofimo should take his loss “like a man” and stop making excuses.
Former unified lightweight champion Teofimo (16-1, 12 KOs) looked like he was going to cry when telling Mark Kriegel about how he fought with an injury during his 12-round split decision loss to Kambosos. To top it off, Teofimo added that he thought he deserved the win, not Kambosos.
The only thing that was missing was violin music in the background while Teo moaned about his heroic act.
Teofimo will be fighting next month on August 13th on ESPN against an obscure journeyman fighter Pedro Campa (34-1-1, 23 KOs) at the Resorts World Las Vegas, Las Vegas.
Mark Kriegel: You fought Kambosos with a condition called Pneumomediastinum, [which is] air in your chest cavity & neck. The doctor said your lucky to be alive.”
Looked great to me an hr before I beat your ass and sent you to ICU. Take it like a man Teo instead of the 1500 excuses. No excuses from me when Haney beat me, take it like a man and bounce back and stop being a bitch! 🤫 PS Good luck in a few weeks against your journey man 🤭👊🏻 https://t.co/clp63ka2xV pic.twitter.com/9NzImebzQG
— George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr (@georgekambosos) July 24, 2022
Teofimo Lopez: “Indeed, I am. Every doctor that sees my report says, ‘How the hell did you survive that?”
Kriegel: “Should your son have been in the ring?”
Lopez Sr: “No. At all.”
Kriegel: “The likely cause was a tear in your esophagus when you were rehydrating.”
Teofimo Jr: “I’m drinking water, and a couple of minutes later, my tone of voice changed. So, I started touching my neck. The next thing I know, it’s so swollen that you could tell something happened.”
Lopez Sr: “I told him, ‘Let’s go to the emergency room and check it out. He decided not to do that.”
Teofimo Jr: “The thing is that the amount of postponements, the amount of pressure.”
Kriegel: “You put your life in jeopardy by going into the ring.”
Teofimo Jr: “Yeah, I made a choice.”
Kriegel: “Should it be your coach or your coaches’ choice?”
Teofimo Jr: “If a fighter is going to go out, a fighter is going to go out. That’s what the decision is.”
Lopez Sr: “I should have never let him fight. I should have taken control over the situation more. I let other people dictate things that shouldn’t have happened.”
Kriegel: “Wasn’t it your responsibility to say, ‘We ain’t fighting.’
Lopez Sr: “I did tell him. I told him even inside the fight.”
Kriegel: “But isn’t it your responsibility to overrule him?”
Lopez Sr: “He would have never talked to me.”
Teofimo Jr: “So by the seventh round, I look up at the lights, and I just say to God, ‘I need your help here because I’m about to do something that I’m not built to do, and that’s quit.’ Three rounds later, I put that little b*** on his knees.”
Kriegel: “Was it a mistake to fight?”
Teofimo Lopez: “It was the greatest choice that I ever decided to do in my life.”
Kriegel: “You almost died.”
Teofimo Jr: “Good. I needed that.”
Kriegel: “You needed to almost die?”
Teofimo Jr: “To realize how dark and bad people really are because I won that fight regardless of the matter. The referee thought so. He raised my hand before they called out Kambosos. As a fighter, you have to beat the champion. He didn’t do enough to beat the champion.”
Kriegel: “Who beat you then?”
Teofimo Lopez: “The only person that beat me is myself, and that’s it. This is my sport. I have something that these other fighters don’t have. That IT factor, and that’s why God has blessed me to come back and do what I do best; entertain.’”