The saga of bringing unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez Jr. and mandatory title challenger George Kambosos Jr. into the ring has contained more twists than any Hollywood writer would dare to include in a movie script. Now, after being asked to push back the date of the fight yet again, Kambosos has filed a complaint with the IBF asking to remove Triller as promoter of the event.
Kambosos’ complaint stems from Triller’s latest attempt to move the fight from October 4-16. After initially resisting the idea, Lopez reportedly agreed to the date swap, which was led by Triller CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, claiming he “just realized” The October 4 date would mean a head-to-head. -Head with the Monday night football game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers.
Kambosos didn’t agree to the date swap, but Triller pulled the fight out of the Hulu theater in New York City, so it won’t take place on October 4. Kambosos’ attorney then sent a letter to the IBF demanding action be taken to remove Triller. to promote the fight with Lopez or participate in future scholarship offers.
“Triller broke the contract, lied to the IBF about Mr. Kambosos’ agreement to move the fight and tried to coerce Mr. Kambosos into carrying out an amendment that is not in line with the IBF [rules] in that it does not specify a place ” the letter read. “Triller should be declared in default… and should be excluded from future scholarship offers for his egregious behavior.”
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Here is a brief timeline of notable dates and difficulties in mounting the fight:
- February 25: Triller surprised the boxing world by winning a purse bid for the fight, offering just over $ 6 million, far more than Matchroom Boxing’s second $ 3.5 million bid.
- June 5: The original “official” date of the fight, which was then pushed back to avoid having to split the weekend with the June 6 exhibition between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul.
- June 19: The second “official” date. Postponed after Lopez tested positive for COVID-19.
- August 14: The third “official” date has been confirmed by Triller to be changed later at the discretion of the promoters.
- September 11th : Although he was never officially booked, Lopez v Kambosos was briefly discussed as being held on the underlying card of the pay-per-view titled Triller by Vitor Belfort against Oscar De La Hoya, a fight that didn’t did not happen when De La Hoya had to be replaced by Evander Holyfield, 58, after testing positive for COVID-19.
- October: Various dates and venues have been suggested for the month of October, including Triller attempting to hold the event in Kambosos’ native Australia as some sort of punishment for Lopez costing the promotion money due to his diagnosis. June COVID-19. The IBF intervened to prevent this movement.
- October 4: The fourth “official” date was blocked after an attempt to fix the fight for October 5, only for Triller to realize that this date would conflict with a possible Yankees playoff game against the Red Sox. After moving the fight to a Monday during the NFL season, Kavanaugh was surprised to learn that the event would go head-to-head with Monday Night Football.
- October 16: Triller’s latest attempt to change the date was made without Kambosos’ agreement leading to the current situation with Kambosos attempting to put Triller at fault.
Triller being removed as a promoter would mean Kambosos and Lopez would share the $ 1.2 million scholarship offer deposit filed by Triller. The fight would then pass to Matchroom Boxing, which placed the second highest bid. Lopez and Kambosos would end up losing money in this situation, even with the shared portions of the Triller deposit. It may be worth it for Kambosos, however, for moral reasons.
Talk with ESPN, Kavanaugh scathingly refuted Kambosos’ actions, including stating that Kambosos demanded financial compensation of $ 380,000 for another date change and engaged in a shakedown that would set a bad precedent when dealing with “a fighter who really matters “.
“It’s nothing more than Kambosos trying to extort Triller,” Kavanaugh said. “It’s a sad day for boxing. We’re paying him almost 10 times his next highest salary, almost $ 2.5 million. We have secured Barclays [Center], made our deposits, signed with Lopez, and Kambosos makes financial and other demands after confirming that this date is in fact better than the 4th.
“We signed and paid an advance to Lopez and made the same offer to Kambosos,” Kavanaugh added. “This is an outright shakedown and says a lot about his character. If we give in to that, imagine what every future event would hold for Triller when he’s a fighter that really matters.”