Lopez-Kambosos Fight Moved To Barclays Or Off Again?
The ridiculousness continues as unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez and his mandatory challenger in George Kambosos Jr.has moved once again off the original date of October 4.
Triller CEO Ryan Kavanaugh got the wheels in motion on this by speaking to Ariel Helwani last week. In that chat, not only to expect Evander Holyfield in the ring, again, but also that the often delayed title defense for Lopez would change venues and dates once again from October 4 to October 16 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The latest update on that was that they were waiting on both sides to agree over the weekend.
Well, Madison Square Garden has the event now canceled on their webpage as of Monday afternoon, which brings the assumption that both sides are on board. Triller would have to reportedly pay Madison Square Garden $100,00 for the venue switch to facilitate this move. Maybe those in attendance at the Hulu Theatre to see the VERZUZ Battle between hip hop artists Fat Joe and Ja Rule may have been at the last promoted event they held at the building. Time will tell on that.
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As we focus on the latest date switch, someone tell the Barclays Center please, as the event of the proposed date change isn’t on their event calendar as this goes to publish. However, they should have more than plenty of time to set up a boxing ring in the days as there is nothing as of this writing after the Nets taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves on the 14th of that week in October.
Thats, if this fight takes place.
We wrote last week regarding the fight; the main sticking point for the battle was that it had to happen before Triller had to forfeit their bid down payment to the IBF for not getting the fight started in a soon enough manner. To say that interest in this fight has waned would be understating the wane part of this entire card. Also worth noting that the fight card was slated with another big VERZUZ rap battle, but no one knows who that will be yet, either?
It seems like another “fly as we go” Triller boxing card, but this seems to be the status quo from them late.
A fight that was initially seen as a bold move, when Triller overbid for the Lopez defense during the pandemic back in February has turned into a financial nightmare. And, until proven it happens the fight hasn’t gotten off the ground, since Triller held a press conference for the fight leading up to the canceled date for it back in June due to Lopez catching COVID.
For his part, Kambosos is suppose to have traveled to the U.S. from his native Australia this past weekend. However, we haven’t heard any update or confirmation that has happened, even for the potential new date of 10/16.
Here’s hoping the fight catches on a date and sticks to it so the world of boxing can be done with this “IBF Mando” fight already.