Teofimo Lopez ‘Could Have Died’ On George Kambosos Jr. Fight Night

Former lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez was suffering from a condition called pneumomediastinum with “extensive air in the retropharyngeal space” after his fight against George Kambosos Jr, according to a report by Mark Kriegel.

“He could have died, for sure,” Dr. Linda Dahl said, an otolaryngologist (ENT) with surgical privileges at three Manhattan hospitals.

“How he breathed, I can’t even explain to you. It’s like somebody tied a 300-pound set of weights around his chest … like his neck and chest were in a vise. That’s how he fought.”

Dahl claims that Lopez, 24, should not have gone into the fight considering the risk involved. She feels that the air surrounding his chest wall and heart was due to a small tear in Lopez’s esophagus.

She has been part of the New York State Athletic Commission and performed ringside duties in the past. Lopez has claimed that he was not able to breathe properly and felt swelling around his neck shortly before the weigh-in. But he thought it was because of his longtime asthma.

The former champion also penned a heartfelt note to his fans where he detailed the pressure athletes are put into before big events.


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