A lightweight title clash between champion Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos has officially moved from its initial June 5 date.
Lopez will put the WBA, IBF, WBO, The Ring, and WBC (Franchise) Titles on the line. Kambosos is the mandatory IBF Title challenger. The bout will be happening in Miami, Florida.
As mentioned, June 5 was the original date for this title showdown. That plan changed when the Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul exhibition was announced for June 6. Both events will be on pay-per-view, so the decision was made to push Lopez vs. Kambosos back.
Yahoo! Sports reports that the new date for Lopez vs. Kambosos is June 19. It’ll be held inside loanDepot Park.
Here’s what Kambosos told Yahoo! Sports.
“Absolutely 100 percent, I am leaving with those belts. There are holes in his game and things I will be able to take advantage of and you will see that on June 19.”
Lopez vs. Kambosos was expected to be promoted by Top Rank Boxing and featured on the ESPN network. That plan went awry when the fight went to a purse bid. Top Rank’s Bob Arum downplayed the magnitude of the bout and put in a lower purse bid than other competitors. Triller ended up winning the rights with a $6 million bid.
Due to how things played out, Lopez had a falling out with Top Rank Boxing. He’s even gone as far as to vow never doing business with the promotion again. Triller has promised an event more in line with what the boxing purists have come to expect rather than the presentation used for Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren.