Lopez vs Kambosos Moved Again, Schedule for October 16 Now
Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr. boxing PPV has moved to another date once again.
As per the report from ESPN, Lopez has signed a contract to allow Triller to move his fight with George Kambosos from October 4 to October 16 now. The unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and The Ring Lightweight title fight was rescheduled to take place at New York’s Hulu Theater at MSG. But now, it will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, October 16, as informed to ESPN by Triller’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Teofimo Lopez Sr.
Since its announcement in April this year, the event has changed the date at least 4 times now. Originally announced for May 19, it was initially moved to June 5 and then to June 19. The event got postponed once again as Lopez was found positive for COVID-19 just days before their June 19 bout.
Triller then tried to stage the fight in Sydney in October, but Lopez denied having to undergo mandatory 14 days quarantine in Australia. WBA ruled that Triller find a new location for the fight or lose their rights to stage the fight. October 4 was then agreed as the date from both sides.
Triller is reportedly trying to avoid competition from Monday Night Football on October 4 between the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers. ESPN also reports that Triller had to forfeit $100,000 deposit at Hulu Theater.
Triller is also planning to combine the fight with a Verzuz event, which was not possible to do at 5,500 capacity Hulu Theater. A move to 19,000 capacity Barclays Center in Brooklyn is therefore mooted upon after issues at The Lox vs Dipset’s event earlier this month.
“I want the best for my son and I think this is the big stage for him. Fighting Oct. 4 would have f—— killed us. Everyone would have been laughing at us. I think this is the right thing to do. Money is not everything. The money will come. Exposure is more important than everything in the world right now.”
Lopez is set to earn $6 million from the fight in the guaranteed salary while Kambosos will get $2.1 million. Triller is looking to bounce back with good PPV buys for this event after their last PPV, Holyfield vs Belfort, garnered just around 150,000 PPV buys.
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