Australian boxer George Kambosos Jr was chosen by the World Boxing Association (WBA) as the revelation of the year 2021. Kambosos fought only once in that year but it was enough to earn the merits of this recognition.
Why George Kambosos?
George Kambosos faced then-unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez on November 27, in an event that was postponed at least 3 times due to different circumstances. Lopez came from winning the belts by beating Vasyl Lomachenko by unanimous decision, and therefore he was the big favorite in this defense fight where faced the Australian with little renown outside his country.
The surprise started from the first round of the fight, where George Kambosos knocked Teofimo Lopez down with a strong forehand blow. Although the former champion stood up and continued the fight, he never showed a noticeable superiority over the Australian, and what the fans saw was a back and forth fight where Kambosos dominates the first half of the fight and Lopez the second half, knocking down Kambosos in the 10th round.
See here the fight highlights between Kambosos and Lopez via DAZN
Despite the fact that George Kambosos only has the fight against Teofimo Lopez in 2021, it was an event where the latter was the great favorite and practically no one thought that the Australian will show this spectacular boxing, much less that he had enough punch as if to bring down the then champion.
This fact, coupled with the fact that with that victory he is now the WBA, WBO and IBF lightweight champion, was more than enough to label him as the revelation boxer of last year.
Now that the name of George Kambosos resonates throughout the lightweight division, and of course in the heads of every boxing fan, what do you think will be the next step he will take? will there be a rematch against Teofimo Lopez? Or will he look to defend the championships against the other exponents of the division like Vasyl Lomachenko, Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis?