Teofimo Lopez Tests Positive for COVID-19, Triller Postpones the Event to August 14

Published 06/15/2021, 3:12 PM 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’s shocking for the fans to see Teofimo Lopez test positive for Covid-19 ahead of his title defense against George Kambosos Jr., which was scheduled to happen this weekend. Triller Fight Club was ready to go down with a stacked fight card, with Lopez vs Kambosos Jr as the headliner.

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However, the entire event will now take place on August 14, and it has come as a disappointment to the boxing world. Triller’s official Twitter handle shared the news, and June 19 will now go down without a ‘Take Over’ Show.

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Lopez’s Triller debut has suffered its second derailment now. It was initially set for June 5. However, as Floyd Mayweather was set to box Logan Paul on June 6, Triller shifted their event to June 19. Unfortunately for boxing fans, the unfortunate news of Lopez’s health conditions has postponed the date again.

That said, boxing fans can still keep their eyes on the television screens. WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo will defend his belt against Juan Macias Montiel in a PBC PPV on June 19. Besides, Top Rank will host Naoya Inoue‘s WBA (Super) and IBF bantamweight title defense against Michael Dasmarinas.

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If that’s not all, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will also appear on the night. He will take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a boxing scrap. Also, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. will face Hector Camacho Jr. in an exhibition. Well, that still doesn’t fill the void left by Teofimo Lopez. Meanwhile, there’s more than a month until we see Triller Fight Club unveil the event. Here’s a look at the full fight card.

Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr.- Fight Card

Main-event:- Teofimo Lopez (WBA Super, Ring, WBO, IBF champion) vs George Kambosos Jr.- Male lightweight title unification.

Co-main event:- Franchon Crews-Dezurn (WBC and WBO champion) vs Elin Cederroos (IBF and WBA champion)- Female super middleweight title unification.

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Andy Vences vs Jono Carroll- Super featherweight bout

Michael Hunter vs Mike Wilson- WBA heavyweight title eliminator

What do you make of this derailment?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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