Triller Started Teofimo Lopez-George Kambosos Promotion Friday
Friday afternoon the Triller app and now boxing promotion officially kicked off it’s promotion of the Teofimo Lopez-George Kambosos Undisputed Lightweight Title fight coming June 5th. And, the new 135 lb. king made clear that he plans on having a short easy night with the Australian.
Lopez and Kambosos sat separated by emcee Ray Flores, while announcing and promoting their showdown for June 5th in South Florida at a yet to be named venue. And then, had the standard “P.R. stare down” at the conclusion of things,
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Sporting a “Godfather” T-shirt of actor Marlon Brando’s “Don Corleone” and implying that he’s “the man” at 135 lb., Lopez put the bravado out right away with the IBF #1 contender, Kambosos,
“It’s gonna be a quick night. It’s gonna be a short night… we can’t overlook Kambosos. Me and my father, we have a great game plan. We know what we are going to do. We’re going to execute it just like we did with the Lomachenko fight, but better.”
The press kickoff on the day before Triller’s latest Atlanta card Saturday night at Mercedes Benz Stadium comes on the heels of Triller having 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.
The Honduran born, New York raised star Lopez scored an impressive upset decision win on October 17th over one of the top pound for pounder fighters in Lomachenko in Las Vegas. That pushed his career record to 16 – 0, 12 KOs, and, it made him the man to beat at 135 lb. with all the major titles.
As for Kambosos, he was last in action a couple of weeks after that on Halloween winning a hard-fought, split-decision over Britain’s Lee Selby. That made the Australian 19 – 0 with 10 KOs.
Speculation continues that Triller will seek an outdoor venue for greater crowd/revenue possibilities with Covid 19 guidelines still in place. That would mean the Miami Dolphins Hard Rock Stadium could be back in play. The facility, which could easily seat 25,000 plus socially distanced fans just hosted Canelo Alvarez’s February Super Middleweight TKO title defense over Avni Yildirim.
Triller also confirmed that former Undisputed Heavyweight Champ Evander Holyfield, who lives and trains in South Florida now, will come out of a decade retirement to fight an eight round exhibition with former Heavyweight journeyman Kevin McBride. McBride is best known for stopping Mike Tyson in his final pro bout in 2005.
The 58 year old Holyfield had hoped, and still does hope, to potentially fight a third “fight” with Tyson later this year or next year.