The prime of the combat was capable for boxing commetator and trainer Teddy Atlas to comparison it to the Rumble successful the Jungle - with Kambosos playing the relation of Muhammad Ali, and Lopez serving arsenic George Foreman.
"I'm not brainsick - determination was similarities," Atlas said connected his podcast, with Kambosos arsenic his guest.
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"Ali was going into a combat arsenic the underdog with a large puncher, intimidating guy, and a feline that helium wasn't expected to person a accidental with," Atlas said to Kambosos.
"You were going into the ringing with a large puncher, an explosive guy, an undefeated guy, and a feline you were expected to person nary accidental [against]."
Atlas said that similar Ali successful Zaire, from the outset, Kambosos fought similar a antheral who wasn't scared, and wasn't leaving the ringing without the loop - which was cardinal to his success.
After his triumph implicit Lopez, Kambosos referenced the proposal that legendary boxing trainer Cus D'Amato gave Ali earlier that Foreman combat - successful presumption of coming forward, and showing nary fear.
"I truly did permission nary chromatic unturned - I checked each box," Kambosos said.
"100 per cent, Muhammad Ali had nary chance, nary 1 gave him a accidental against George Foreman."
The proposal from D'Amato - to deed Foreman with the champion close you've ever delivered - led others to deliberation helium was crazy.
"No 1 throws a close hand, successful the title fight, successful the archetypal circular similar that, with atrocious intentions. And that stuck successful my mind," Kambosos said.
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"I knew this kid psychologically, precise emotionally [he] was excessively overmuch successful this fight. I said it each week I'm not taking this personal, determination is nary emotion attached to me, I'm present to bash a job."
With 15 seconds near successful the archetypal round, Kambosos saw his model to marque an impact.
"He came flying, guns blazing, trying to onshore the large shot. I saw it, I saw that mistake.
"He came successful dense connected that beforehand foot, the chin was there. I said 'here's my moment, here's my Cus D'Amato moment'. I'm gonna onshore my close hand, I'm gonna summation my respect, I'm gonna gain my respect - and if helium goes down, helium goes down."
Kambosos said helium wasn't taking things personally, but 1 happening stuck with him successful the lead-up; and that was the cognition from the Lopez campy that the combat could perchance beryllium implicit successful the archetypal round.
"I had to accidental it. I looked astatine him, and it's a beauteous moment. I said 'hey, 1 round, I'm inactive here, and I enactment you down.' And that's erstwhile the combat truly began," helium said.
"I conscionable saw his psyche get taken retired of him."
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