George Kambosos Jr. will have to wait two more months to get his shot at Teofimo Lopez.
The 23-year-old Lopez has contracted COVID-19 and has been forced to postpone his fight against Australia’s Kambosos. Their 12-round, 135-pound title fight was scheduled to headline a Triller Fight Club Pay-Per-View card Saturday night at loanDepot Park in Miami, the home stadium of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that the entire card, which was set to include 12 fights, has been rescheduled for August 14 at a site to be determined. The Marlins have a home game scheduled against the Chicago Cubs the night of August 14, thus the Lopez-Kambosos card will have to take place at another venue.
The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger, who is part of Triller Fight Club’s broadcast team, was the first to report the news of Lopez’s withdrawal from the fight Tuesday afternoon on Twitter. Ryan Kavanaugh, Triller’s founder, told Coppinger that Lopez tested positive for coronavirus Tuesday morning and is symptomatic.
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) has been training for months in Las Vegas for a mandated defense of his IBF lightweight title. Sydney’s Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) spent 10 weeks training in Miami for the biggest fight of his career.
Neither Lopez nor Kambosos have received COVID-19 vaccination shots while training for their fight.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Lopez began feeling ill late last week and consequently didn’t attend a Top Rank show that ESPN televised Saturday night from The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
Tuesday’s setback marked the second time this card has been postponed. It originally was scheduled for June 5 at loanDepot Park, but it was rescheduled last month for Saturday night.
Lopez, a Brooklyn native, is supposed to earn a career-high purse of $3,911,700 to battle Kambosos. The 28-year-old Kambosos, the IBF’s number one-ranked lightweight contender, is contracted to earn a career-high payday of $2,106,300 for facing Lopez.
Triller Fight Club won the right to promote Lopez-Kambosos when it offered a whopping $6,018,000 at an IBF purse bid February 25.
Kavanaugh’s company out-bid Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., Lopez’s promoter, which bid $2,315,000. Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing bid $3,506,000 for the right to promote Lopez-Kambosos.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.