George Kambosos Jr vs Teofimo Lopez emanates from LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida on Saturday, June 19th. The next event from Triller Fight Club broadcasts on pay-per-view via FITE TV.
This clash for the undisputed lightweight world championships (WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO, and The Ring) tops the marquee of this card. I was able to speak with George Kambosos Jr ahead of his bid to become the undisputed champion of the world and unseat Lopez from his throne.
Kambosos Jr vs Lopez
I had noticed that tweet you had a bit earlier on. It was just shy of a couple of weeks ago there. It said eight years ago today, I made my professional debut.
With this bid to become the undisputed champion of the world, I’m wondering how much meaning does that have for you personally? Just with this title bid being in close proximity to the beginning of your fighting journey.
“It’s been a hell of a journey. Eight years ago, I made my professional debut in a small local club in Sydney with a handful of people. But I’ve made my way through it. I’ve taken a lot of risks, a lot of risks to get to where I am today. This has been no easy road. From going as a Manny Pacquiao sparring partner in the Philippines. To going to the US and sparring former champions and world champions. Guys who are hardass veterans and creating my name. All of a sudden my opportunity comes to get a little more noticed in the US market.”
“Former champions back to back, that’s no easy thing to do. To go and fight a former champion with a wealth of experience in their backyard. I did it and not only did I do it well. They might have gave a split decision but I outbox these guys apart. I showcase a lot about myself. I’ve gone to so many different levels since that fight. We’re so close now. This has been a hard road. And I’m putting every bit of myself in the gym to win this fight. I’m all in. Every bit of me that I have and I’m coming to win this fight.”
George Kambosos Jr
I was just noticing some of the pictures you had there from the last Triller card with guys like Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg. And we have certain artists like Meek Mill performing on this card.
I’m kind of curious what your thoughts are on the live music integration with the combat sports dynamic there?
“It’s awesome, man. It’s gonna bring so many more eyes to this event. So many people are gonna want to tune in because they’re gonna want to see the music acts. All of a sudden, It’s like ‘oh, I want to watch this fight. Let me just research a little bit about this fight’. If they don’t already know, they’re going to see what the build-up has been like. And they’re going to become fans. Of not myself and (Teofimo) Lopez at that stage, but of the sport and what’s about to go down. They’re gonna tune in. And that means more eyes on the sport.”
“When we’ve got more eyes on the sport, it’s a good thing because it brings more into it. You cannot bag what Triller are doing…Because at the end of the day, it’s going to benefit the fighters. They’re going to tune in to watch us and they’re going to tune in to see me shock the world.”
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I’ve been enamored with combat sports for as long as I can remember. I’ve hosted MMA talk shows Lights Out and Pure Fight Radio with featured guests like Jens Pulver, Roy Nelson, Miesha Tate, Mark Coleman, and more. I’ve been an MMA broadcaster for XFFC as well as BTC and have done play by play commentary on live pay per view on GFL as well as FITE TV. I’ve provided written, audio, and video content covering some of the biggest MMA promotions like Rumble in the Cage, Unified MMA, and King of the Cage. I’ve worked as a sports entertainment personality for over five years and given play-by-play or featured promotions of KSW, ONE Championship, TKO, and Invicta FC. My work can be found in the USA Today Sports affiliate MMA Torch, Cageside Press, MMA Sucka, and Liberty Multimedia.