Manny Pacquiao, Former world champion in eight divisions, he sent an emotional congratulation to the Australian George Kambosos after becoming the new lightweight champion of the WBA, FIB and OMB.
“Congratulations to my friend George Kambosos for an epic triumph, “wrote the Filipino in Twitter. “You helped me in so many fights in the past that I hope our hundreds of rounds of sparring have helped you tonight. I’m very proud of you”.
Congratulations to my friend, @georgekambosos, on an epic win! 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. #LopezKambosos
– Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) November 28, 2021
Kambosos was a sparring partner of Manny ever since he took his first steps into professional boxing at the gym in Freddie roach.
Little by little, he perfected his technique until he had his first world title opportunity that he did not miss.
The Australian gave the bell by beating Teofimo Lopez By decision divided by cards of 115-112, 115-111 and 113-114. He snatched the three lightweight belts from the Honduran fighter.
Pacquiao’s congratulations to Kambosos
George knocked down Theophimus in the first round of the fight, after catching him off guard with a forehand fly. From there his confidence began to grow in combat, constantly punishing him with combinations and showing great speed.
Lopez came from behind and managed to send Kambosos to the canvas in the tenth round, but it was too late, as his face ended up severely punished after the constant blows of the Australian.
At the end of the fight Kambosos He was very excited and dedicated the triumph to his country, while Theophimus he was desperate and disappointed, and blamed the judges for taking the fight away from him.
“I won the fight tonight, everyone saw it,” he said. Lopez. “I do not care what they say. I had rounds 10 for me and two for him ”.
George came to offer Theophimus a rematch in Australia, but in the midst of the fever above the ring, Teo acknowledged that he was having a hard time giving the 135 pounds, so he will seek to climb to 140 pounds.
“I feel like I have to drop 135 pounds for two years, I’ve been told all the time,” he confessed.