WOW! Teofimo Lopez Reveals Oscar De La Hoya Was Set to Be the Co-Main on His Fight Card

Published 03/13/2021, 5:56 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)


Lightweight champion, Teofimo Lopez, has broken massive news about his next fight card. The undefeated American champion revealed Triller considered having legendary boxer Oscar De La Hoya on the undercard of his fight against George Kambosos Jr.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 09: Boxer Oscar De La Hoya arrives at the World Premiere of Disney’s ‘McFarland, USA’ at the El Capitan Theatre on February 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Lopez and his mandatory challenger Kambosos Jr. will fight on a Triller card after the streaming service won the purse bid. However, with such a lucrative bid, the platform had to put on a star-studded show to make up for it. And Lopez has now revealed who they considered.

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The 16-0 champion spoke to the AK & Barak Show on DAZN and broke the news. He said, “Alright, so this is what was going to happen, man. I was going to be the main event, which I still am. And the co-main event was going to be Oscar De La Hoya.”

‘The Takeover’ then revealed it fell through only because the former multi-weight champion announced that he had stopped training. However, his comment showed just how serious it was.

Rumors initially suggested that the Lopez-Kambosos Jr. fight would be the co-main event on the possible Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield event. However, that seems to be out of the picture now that Lopez wants to be the main event.

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Teofimo Lopez gives an update on the status of his bout

The undefeated champion did not stop at breaking the massive news of De La Hoya. He then spoke about his title defense and stressed that they had another surprise in store. However, he revealed the location of the event.

“Right now, we’re just talking location wise. It will probably be in Miami, you know. And I got a huge fan base out there in Miami. So I think it will be a smart move for all of us,” said Lopez.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 14: Teofimo Lopez Jr celebrates after his TKO second round knockout against Richard Commey during their bout for Commey’s IBF lightweight title at Madison Square Garden on December 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

If Triller cannot put on a big-name co-main event, it will be an enormous challenge for all parties involved. The platform will have to promote the event to make up their massive bid, while Lopez’s ability to sell a fight will be tested.

What do you make of this news from Teofimo Lopez? Would you have liked to see Oscar De La Hoya return to the ring?

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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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