Bob Arum Doesn’t Think Lopez vs. Kambosos Happens In Australia Until Pandemic Is Over
Don’t expect Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos to take place until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
Lopez is the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, The Ring, and WBC (Franchise) Champion. Kambosos is the mandatory IBF Title challenger. While the plan for Top Rank is to book Lopez vs. Kambosos in Australia, that may not happen until COVID-19 is under control.
Top Rank Boxing’s Bob Arum explained to BoxingScene.com why Lopez vs. Kambosos won’t be happening as soon as initially hoped.
“Tell me when the pandemic is over. Right now, the money looks like it’s lined up for that fight, that would enable us to put that fight on in Australia. But, you know, you can’t really get into Australia now. At a minimum, you’ve gotta do a 14-day quarantine, and that’s not a bullsh-t American quarantine. You’ve gotta go to a government hotel and stay there for 14 days.”
Arum also mentioned that if the fight comes to fruition, he’s looking for support from the Australian government.
“We’re looking to do that fight with government support. The Australian government is trying not to attract tourists, but to keep out tourists at this point, until the pandemic is over worldwide, because Australia has managed the pandemic extraordinarily well and they have very few cases. And they don’t want us foreigners to come in to contaminate them.”
This could explain Lopez’s claim that talks for a bout with Kambosos were fizzling out. Kambosos has denied that there is an issue. Lopez has made it clear that he’d rather fight WBC Lightweight Champion Devin Haney next.