Report- Teofimo Lopez Triller Fight Card Will Move To June 19th
After a week of speculation of when the Triller streaming service and their “Fight Club” PPV involving Undisputed Lightweight champ Teofimo Lopez and Australian George Kambosos in the main event moving off it’s scheduled fight date of June 5th for Miami, it’s now reportedly back on for two weeks later.
Yahoo Sports boxing insider, Kevin Iole, tweeted Tuesday morning that he’s learned about the new date and some other fights on the undercard for the third installment of “Fight Club” from Triller,
The @TeofimoLopez @georgekambosos card will be on June 19 in Miami. @TheHHDiva fights Elin Cederroos in an undisputed super middleweight title bout. And @MichaelHunterII faces Mike Wilson in a WBA heavyweight eliminator. Story soon on @YahooSports
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) May 11, 2021
As we wrote last week, after having announced the Lopez-Kambosos main event for the first Saturday in June Triller got “cold feet,” once it was learned that former five division world champ Floyd Mayweather would fight a PPV “exhibition” the next night with Youtuber Logan Paul, also in Miami.
Triller’s fight was slated on the 5th to take place at LoanDepot Stadium, home of the Miami Marlins, but apparently not have any fans present. This despite the state of Florida now being 100% open for businesses and crowds. The Mayweather-Paul card at Hard Rock Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins, will have fans and there is anticipation of over 20,000 attending. That obviously, was another factor in the Triller switch.
It’s not clear Tuesday morning that the Marlins baseball stadium will still be the locale’ for Lopez-Kambosos, however, the baseball team is on the road at the Chicago Cubs that weekend.
As for the undercard that Iole mentioned in his post, in addition to the women’s world title fight, Heavyweight contender Michael “The Bounty” Hunter is now reportedly facing a journeyman Mike Wilson. Hunter was slated to fight unbeaten Filip Hrgovic of Croatia in an IBF elimination bout, but he never signed the deal for that fight.
There had been some speculation that Hunter, who’s ranked in the WBC’s top 10, might have been angling for a shot at WBC champ Tyson Fury later this Summer. This, as it continues to look like Fury won’t be fighting Anthony Joshua after all until later in the year.
It had been previously announced that 58 year old former multi-time World Heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield would comeback in an eight round exhibition with Kevin McBride. Iole reported later Tuesday that Triller’s Peter Kahn confirmed to him that fight will not happen on the Lopez card, now.
Instead, Holyfield’s exhibition will be part of another show possibly in July.
Triller pulled a huge surprise in the purse bid for the Lopez mandatory defense. In the Feburary the virtual bid process from the International Boxing Federation headquarters in New Jersey, Triller had secured the rights with a whopping $6+ million bid for Lopez-Kambosos.
That was nearly double of what Matchroom Boxing bid and almost 60% more than what Lopez’s own promoter Bob Arum and Top Rank Boxing had bid for the Lightweight title bout.
Triller’s reschedule decision is questionable on picking that night, as four other prominent fight cards and PPVs will take place on June 19th.
In Mexico, Hall of Fame legend Julio Chavez Sr. and Hector Camacho, Jr. are fighting in an exhibition. “The Monster” Naoya Inoue back in Las Vegas headlining for Top Rank Boxing , Jaime Munguia’s rescheduled main event in El Paso, Texas, on DAZN and WBC Middleweight title defense of Jermall Charlo on Showtime PPV will obviously, make for a very crowded weekend of boxing across the continent.