The IBF found Triller in default after moving Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr. multiple times. Matchroom is now running the show.
Triller is having a tough go in boxing as of late, and they have no one to blame but themselves. Now, they’ve just lost the rights to the Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr. bout.
On Wednesday, Oct. 6, the IBF found Triller in default and stripped them of their winning bid to promote Lopez vs. Kambosos. It’s about time.
ESPN’s Mike Coppinger broke the news on Twitter.
“Breaking: The IBF, in a ruling obtained by ESPN, finds Triller in default after it attempted to move the Teofimo Lopez-George Kambosos lightweight title fight from Oct. 4 to Oct. 16 without challenger’s approval,” read Coppinger’s tweet. “Eddie Hearn now has the rights to the fight. Story coming to ESPN.”
Triller has fumbled this fight card for a long time now. They most recently moved Lopez vs. Kambosos to Oct. 4 but decided to move it again to Oct. 16. They gave Lopez $100,000 to move the date, and he agreed.
Matchroom Boxing is running the show between Teofimo Lopez, and George Kambosos Jr. Triller is out
Kambosos demanded $380,000 for the added inconvenience. Triller refused, and the IBF stripped Triller of the fight and their original $1.2 million deposit, which will be divvied between Lopez and Kambosos, with Lopez getting the lion’s share, according to ESPN.
Matchroom’s CEO Eddie Hearn confirmed the news on Twitter.
“Delighted to confirm that @matchroomboxing will be promoting the big @TeofimoLopez v @georgekambosos unified match up live on @daznboxing,” read Hearn’s tweet. “Date and venue announced shortly. Let’s get this show on the road.”
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) is the undisputed lightweight champion of the world. He hasn’t fought since winning all the titles against Vasiliy Lomachenko in 2020.
Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) marks his first defense. He hasn’t fought since out-pointing Lee Selby almost a year ago. At least with Matchroom at the helm, we can be sure that this fight will happen.