The IBF has ordered a purse bid for the planned spring clash between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos.
Kambosos is the mandatory challenger for Lopez’s IBF gold. Since Lopez is also the WBA (Super), IBF, The Ring, and WBC (Franchise) titleholder, Kambosos will get a crack at those championships as well. One problem in getting the matchup going is that neither side has come to terms on a deal. Whenever this occurs between a champion and a mandatory challenger, a sanctioning body often orders a purse bid.
That’s what the IBF has done.
Here’s what Top Rank Boxing’s Bob Arum told BoxingScene.com on the purse bid being called upon.
“All I’m saying is Teofimo-Kambosos is not one of the marquee, great fights that are gonna be shown this spring or this summer. It’s not a marquee fight. It is what it is, and let’s see how it all works out.”
As far as whether or not both sides can come to an agreement before the ordered purse bid goes through, Arum had the following to say.
“That’s always possible. That happens a lot.”
If a purse bid does indeed go through, that means any promoter will be able to put in a bid for rights to the fight. The purse bid is currently scheduled for February 18. Time will tell if a deal can be made beforehand.
Lopez is coming off the biggest victory of his pro boxing career. “The Takeover” defeated Vasiliy Lomachenko in an upset via unanimous decision. This resulted in Lopez adding four more world titles to his mantle as he was already the IBF titleholder going into the matchup.
Like Lopez, Kambosos is also undefeated. He sports a record of 19-0 with 10 of those wins coming by way of knockout. He defeated Lee Selby via split decision back in October 2020.