New Update on Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr. – Purse Bid Date Announced

Published 02/09/2021, 1:53 AM EST
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)


There has been a fresh development in the potential return for new lightweight king, Teofimo Lopez. The undefeated champion may have his next opponent chosen for him, and the much awaited Devin Haney fight could be put on hold.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 20: Teofimo Lopez celebrates his fifth round knockout of Edis Tatli during their lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Lopez has been on the lookout for an opponent for the past few weeks. As a result, he has engaged in multiple verbal battles with fellow champion Devin Haney. However, it now looks like he may have to fulfill his mandatory obligation first.

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Dan Rafael broke the news on his Twitter account. He revealed the IBF has called for purse bids from promoters for the mandatory fight. Moreover, he claimed the bids will take place on February 18. So, what does this mean for Lopez?

A purse bid is a call to any promoter to bid the amount they will pay to make the fight happen. Sanctioning bodies call these bids when the promoters of the two fighters cannot agree on terms. Therefore, this news showed that the two camps failed to agree on a fight.

However, since Kambosos Jr is Lopez’s mandatory, they cannot avoid the fight. Therefore, a purse bid has been called. So, the two camps have nine days to agree on terms if they want to avoid this.

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Does this mean Teofimo Lopez is ducking Devin Haney?

This news will push fans to believe that ‘The Takeover’ is avoiding a fight against fellow champion Devin Haney. However, this is far from the truth. Even Dan Rafael reiterated this in the replies.

He tweeted to ensure that it’s completely untrue. He also said Lopez is not ducking anyone, which backed up the American’s claims over the past few weeks.

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In this situation, the young champion doesn’t have an option but to fight Kambosos Jr if a purse bid is accepted. He is the IBF champion, while the Australian is the mandatory. Therefore, he has to fight him if the sanctioning body accepts the bid.

This means he would have to put the Haney fight on hold for now. What do you make of this news? Do you think George Kambosos Jr would be a good fight for Teofimo Lopez?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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