By Sean Jones: Teofimo Lopez fought final weekend with a probably life-threatening situation often known as pneumomediastinum for his title protection in opposition to George Kambosos Jr. at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York.
Teofimo was identified with pneumomediastinum at Bellevue Hospital in New York, in response to Mark Kriegel of ESPN.
Teofimo started having issues on the weigh-in final Friday, experiencing shortness of breath.
The often buoyant Teofimo seemed ailing on the weigh-in, nevertheless it was thought on the time by some boxing followers that his look was the results of his weight reduction to make the 135-lb restrict.
Based on ESPN, Teofimo wasn’t conscious that he was affected by pneumomediastinum, a situation that makes it tough for an individual to breathe.
The air escapes between the chest and lungs, leading to a collapsing of 1 lung from the strain. The situation may have killed Teofimo, who thought he was having a reoccurrence of his lifelong bronchial asthma downside.
The beforehand unbeaten Teofimo (16-1, 12 KOs) seemed exhausted from the primary spherical, taking deep breaths like a fish out of water and laboring in opposition to a weaker fitness-level fighter that he arguably ought to have trampled in a single spherical in 28-year-old Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs).
Based on ESPN, within the situation Teofimo was in, he shouldn’t have been preventing, as he was placing his life in danger in opposition to the little-known Kambosos. Teofimo ought to have been within the hospital being handled for the life-threatening downside with a situation like that.
The unheralded Kambosos, who struggled in opposition to B-level opposition throughout his profession, took benefit of Teofimo by outworking him along with his excessive punch output, motion, and fixed clinching.
Teofimo may have died
With Teofimo too drained to throw greater than a small trickle of pictures in every spherical, Kambosos capitalized on his fatigue by hitting him with plenty of pictures that lower him over his eyes and bloodied his nostril.
The pictures from Kambosos didn’t look sturdy, however he landed so lots of them that they did harm to the exhausted-looking Teofimo.
“He may have died, for positive,” stated Dr. Linda Dahl to ESPN about Teofimo. “How he breathed, I can’t even clarify to you. It’s like any individual tied a 300-pound set of weights round his chest … like his neck and chest have been in a vise. That’s how he fought.”
So there it’s. Teofimo was so bodily ailing that he couldn’t defend his 4 titles the way in which he wanted to for him to make what ought to have been a low-key protection in opposition to a non-puncher, who had achieved little to earn a title shot.
This revelation about Teofimo’s medical situation takes all of the air out of Kambosos’ victory over him, as he’s obtained many informal boxing followers satisfied that he beat Teo at his finest and that he can be a menace to the elite lightweights like Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, Vasily Lomachenko and Devin Haney.
It’s evident from the second spherical that Teofimo seemed exhausted, barely throwing punches, and unable to maintain exercise with out backing off from fatigue. Teofimo seemed like a FISH out of the water, taking gulps of air and showing reddish within the face
Physician says Teofimo is fortunate he’s not lifeless!
“He’s fortunate he’s not lifeless,” stated Dr. Peter Constantino, the New York Head and Neck Institute govt director. “I imply, actually fortunate.”
Understandably, Teofimo states that he didn’t wish to pull out of the struggle as a result of strain he had on him.
Teofimo was capable of struggle laborious for 12 rounds with him unable to breathe appropriately exhibits you what a warrior he’s.
“I don’t know the way he went 12 rounds with out with the ability to breathe,” Dahl stated.
As soon as his medical situation is cleared up, Teofimo will transfer as much as 140 to marketing campaign at mild welterweight in 2022. Whereas it could be good to see Teofimo face Kambosos in a rematch, it’s not doable except the Australian is keen to go as much as 140 to fulfill him in that weight class.