IBF Gives October 17 Deadline for Triller to Host Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr.

Published 08/10/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: Teofimo Lopez Jr celebrates after defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko (not pictured) in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)


It seems that the Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr. bout is one of the most unfortunate contests of 2021. The pair were all set to contend with each other for the lightweight titles on June 5. However, the bout got postponed to a new date on June 19. Then, as Lopez tested positive for Covid-19, the fight was pushed to August 14.

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But after much rigmarole and confusions, the bout between them has fallen through yet again. And the new dates for the same aren’t finalized yet.

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Recently, Dan Rafael took it to his Twitter handle to detail the recent progress and judgments made by IBF.

He wrote, Breaking: IBF has ruled on #LopezKambosos. It will not default Triller’s purse bid. Fight mus take place by Oct. 17. Must take place “in a location and venue that does not require quarantine.” Signed contracts my be submitted to IBF within 15 days. (more)”

Rafael added that if Triller cannot submit the signed contracts by August 24, the bid rights will directly go to the second bidder, Matchroom boxing, which will have 90 days to stage this fight.

Moreover, if ‘The Takeover’ doesn’t agree to fight, then he will have to relinquish the IBF belt. Whereas, if Kambosos Jr. doesn’t comply with the order, then Lopez will get a chance to find another challenger for his title. Considering the latest developments, the Lopez vs Kambosos Jr. bout will proceed quickly.

As the fans have kept their fingers crossed to see this bout taking place, they’d be optimistic to hear something positive soon.

Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr. – Will it happen?

The Lopez vs Kambosos Jr. fight seems in jeopardy as both the fighters have their own set of conditions. That said, the coming few days will be extremely important, as the organizer of this fight, Triller, will have to draft a mutually beneficial contract for both the fighters.

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It’ll be interesting to see if they really come up with a viable solution to lure both Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr. What do you make of this entire anecdote?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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