Delayed Again: IBF Expected To Rule New Location Of Teofimo Lopez Vs. George Kambosos Fight
Undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez will face George Kambosos, but it won’t be taking place in Australia.
The IBF is expected to rule that Triller must stage the championship fight in the United States instead because it’s a location which doesn’t require quarantine. The decision is expected to be handed down by Monday, ESPN reported. The delayed-more-than-once fight is also required to happen by October 17.
Triller won the rights to the 135-pound title fight in February thanks to a big of more than $6.018 million at an IBF auction. Lopez was originally set for June 19 in Miami, but Teofimo tested positive for Covid-19.
Saturday, August 14 was announced as the reschedule date, but Triller wanted to be in Sydney, Australia – Kambosos’ hometown – on October 17. Lopez’s team opposed to the 14-day quarantine required by the country.
“We’ve been open to working this out with [Triller] the whole time,” Lopez’s manager, David McWater said. “They haven’t shown much interest in it. If that’s the ruling from the IBF, then we’ll abide by it as IBF champion.
“He feels great,” McWater added. “He’s been training.”
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) is coming off a win over Vasyl Lomachenko via unanimous decision in October 2020. Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) last defeated Lee Selby.
Contracts are reportedly now due by August 24.