Jake Paul's surprise call to Aussie champ George Kambosos Jr

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  • George Kambosos Jr.
    Australian boxer
  • Teófimo López
    Honduran-american boxer
George Kambosos Jr shared a call with infamous social media personality Jake Paul after his victory over Teofimo Lopez last weekend. Pictures: Getty Images/Twitter
George Kambosos Jr shared a call with infamous social media personality Jake Paul after his victory over Teofimo Lopez last weekend. Pictures: Getty Images/Twitter

Australian boxing champion George Kambosos Jr has been living it up since unifying the boxing's lightweight division with a shock upset over Teofimo Lopez.

Kambosos Jr entered the fight as a heavy underdog, with Lopez having put an absolute beatdown on previous champion Vasyl Lomachenko to claim the three lightweight belts in an upset of his own in October 2020.

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With Lopez widely tipped to knock the Australian challenger out, it was Kambosos who score the first knockdown of the bout. with a sensational shot towards the end of the first round.

After that, Kambosos kept pace with Lopez for much of the fight, braving his way through a late knockdown of his own to eventually claim a split decision victory.

The 28-year-old has been the toast of the boxing world for his surprise win, particularly after a less than conciliatory post-fight interview from Lopez.

That interview, in which Lopez made the bizarre claim that he won the fight 10-2 and claimed to have been robbed, has been the focus of much scrutiny compared the his Aussie opponent's much more humble approach.

Ironically, that approach has resonated with none other than social media agitator Paul, who has already been engaged in a running war of words with Lopez.

Paul tweeted straight away after Kambosos Jr's victory, saying in all caps, 'Don't f*** with Australia', later contacting the Aussie star on a video call.

Kambosos Jr shared an image of his conversation with the controversial figure, who alongside his brother Logan, has participated in several dubious celebrity boxing matches.

"When your (sic) getting the love from @jakepaul you know your doing something right. Thank you brother for the support, your time December 18," Kambosos Jr captioned the post.

Paul and Lopez had started their feud after Lopez slammed the high-profile brothers for cheapening the sport with their less than skilled displays.

Boxing icon Eddie Hearn fuels George Kambosos' Aussie dream

The Australian used a high-energy attack and a stinging overhand right to become the new unified lightweight boxing champion in a split decision win that sent shockwaves through the sport.

Kambosos won by 115-111 and 115-112 on two judges' scorecards to improve to 20-0, with 10 KOs. One judge gave the fight to Lopez 114-113.

"I've got all the belts, I'm the shot caller right now," Kambosos said after the split decision victory.

"I've got all the jewels, I'm the greatest fighter in Australian history now. I've just pulled off the greatest win in Australian history.

"I've done something that no one's ever done in Australian history.

"And no one's ever done that to Lopez - battered him, left him bloodied and bruised - so it shows what I bring to the table."

George Kambosos Jr has declared he wants to fight on home soil when he defends the unified lightweight title, following his defeat of Teofimo Lopez at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
George Kambosos Jr has declared he wants to fight on home soil when he defends the unified lightweight title, following his defeat of Teofimo Lopez at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Kambosos wants a blockbuster stadium showdown in front of 80,000 fans in Australia and crucially, the plan has the backing of one of the sport's most influential figures, Eddie Hearn.

The Brit's Matchroom was awarded the rights to the Kambosos-Lopez fight after original broadcaster Triller was found to have defaulted on their contract.

Hearn - who promotes two of the biggest fighters in the world in the form of Anthony Joshua and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez - said he would be more than happy to make Kambosos' Aussie fight dream a reality.

"Love to work with George. Would love to take him to Australia," Hearn said after the Aussie's upset win.

"They'll think that they can beat George Kambosos. The kid's gonna make a fortune. He's cracked it and good luck to him.

"Hopefully it's the Devin Haney fight because hopefully he wants to win the final belt and he'll believe he can win that.

"We'll do it in Vegas, we'll do it in Sydney, don't matter."

The new IBF, WBA and WBO belt holder will remain in the US for another week to take in Haney's WBC title defence against fellow American Joseph Diaz in Las Vegas.

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