The IBF are expected to decide that Triller should host the undisputed lightweight championship bout between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos in the United States rather than Australia, multiple sources told ESPN on Sunday.
The decision is expected to be made as early as Monday, sources said, while giving Triller extra time to set up the rescheduled pay-per-view fight. The decision will settle a protracted legal dispute between Lopez and Triller over the location and duration of the fight.
Lopez’s team threatened to relinquish the title rather than travel to the challenger’s home country and adhere to a 14-day government-imposed quarantine.
“We have been open to working with [Triller] all the time, “Lopez manager David McWater told ESPN.” They haven’t shown much interest in it. If this is the decision of the IBF, then we will respect it as IBF champion.
“He feels great,” McWater added. “He trained.
Ryan Kavanaugh, co-founder of Triller, told ESPN he would not comment until the official IBF decision. Triller won the rights to the 135-pound title fight in February with a bid of more than $ 6.018 million at an IBF auction. Lopez-Kambosos was scheduled for June 19 in Miami, but days before the fight, the champion tested positive for COVID-19.
August 14 was announced as a postponement date before Triller set his sights on October 17 in Sydney, Australia, home of Kambosos. Lopez’s team objected to the fight taking place months after August 14, but even more so at the 14-day quarantine.
The postponement cost Triller nearly $ 5 million, sources said, in money which included travel expenses and other logistics and marketing costs that cannot be recouped because event insurance is not protected. against the coronavirus. Hoping to make up some of the loss, Triller believed he could capitalize on boxing’s popularity in Australia.
With the IBF set to decide that the fight should take place in the United States, a new date and site will need to be sorted.
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) is promoted by Top Rank and fights exclusively on ESPN, but a disagreement with his promoter over money following his October win over Vasiliy Lomachenko led to the fight with Kambosos (19-0, 10 KO) to a stock market offer.
Triller won the auction, with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport in second at $ 3.506 million and Top Rank third at $ 2.315 million. Lopez, 24, set to earn career-high $ 3.912 million; he made $ 1.35 million for the Lomachenko fight. Kambosos, 28, is expected to earn $ 2.106 million, also the best salary in his career.
Lopez, who resides in Las Vegas, and Top Rank engaged in a public feud in the weeks following the scholarship offer. However, the acrimony ended when the parties signed a restructured contract days before the scheduled fight with Kambosos (ESPN’s No.9 lightweight) who increased his minimum title defense compared to the previous stock exchange. of $ 1.25 million.
Top Rank was hoping to host a PPV rematch between Lopez and Lomachenko later this year, with two boxers on ESPN’s top 10 pound-for-pound list. With Lopez’s title defense against Kambosos now set to be staged later this year in the United States, Top Rank turned his attention to a December 11 fight between Lomachenko and Richard Commey.