Teofimo Lopez Next Fight Date: Title Defense Against George Kambosos Jr. Likely to be Pushed to June 12

Published 02/06/2021, 5:48 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)


The lightweight kingpin, Teofimo Lopez, will defend his titles against George Kambosos Jr. in his next outing. Earlier, the fight was being scheduled before April/May, but as per recent reports, this bout is getting set for June 12. The prime reason behind delaying this fight is the Puerto Rican Day Parade, which happens annually. Also, the targeted location for this fight is New York City.

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Boxing journalist Dan Rafael took it to his Twitter to inform the boxing fans pertaining to this fight.

He wrote, “Per source, Top Rank would like to put unified lightweight champ Teofimo Lopez’s mandatory vs George Kambosos in NYC June 12 (eve of annual Puerto Rican Day parade). There have been talks about having fight in Australia (Kambosos’ home country) but I’m told that’s now unlikely.”

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Lopez’s promotion, Top Rank, is making all the efforts to stage this fight massively on the auspicious occasion of Puerto Rican Day Parade. Kambosos Jr’s. home country Australia was into consideration, but it seems to be out of the picture.

Lopez vs Kambosos Jr. might surge in huge PPV buys because of Parade day in June. Moreover, both the boxers are undefeated, which makes this fight even more enthralling. The promotions haven’t rolled out any news yet, but within a few weeks, fight dates and location might get finalized.

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Will it be an easy ring outing for Teofimo Lopez?

‘The Takeover’ became the unified lightweight champion in his last fight against Vasyl Lomachenko. Not only that, but Lopez bagged The Ring magazine fighter of the year for his captivating 12-round performance against the Ukrainian.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Teofimo Lopez Jr punches Vasiliy Lomachenko 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)

No one in the lightweight landscape has stunned him yet. With his daunting skill sets, Lopez has reached where he was destined to and will look to continue in this vein.

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Going into this fight, he will have another undefeated opponent in front of him. Kambosos Jr. races ahead from the ‘Takeover’ in terms of the number of fights taken. He has stepped inside the ring 19 times and stood as a fair and square winner in all of them.

Overall, this fight will be substantially tough for the champion Lopez. His approach in this battle will undeniably be worth a watch.

Can Teofimo Lopez defend his titles against George Kambosos Jr.?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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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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