George Kambosos-Teofimo Lopez title fight in doubt as Triller pulls out of promotion
George Kambosos’ shot at world title glory could have hit another roadblock with promotional juggernaut Triller pulling out of the fight.
The 28-year-old is set to fight lightweight world champion Teofimo Lopez on Oct. 16, although there has been a multitude of hiccups along the way.
Lopez tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the original date in June, while the Oct. 4 date was pushed back by Triller due to a clash with an NFL game.
And in a bizarre twist, Triller has now pulled out of the fight due to a clash with Kambosos and his camp.
CONFIRMED: Triller COO Thorsten Meier tells @YahooSports that Triller will not promote the #LopezKambosos fight. Already spent multiple millions trying to get the fight on. This is part of a much larger story coming soon to Yahoo Sports.
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) October 2, 2021
“As you are undoubtedly aware, the deadline set forward in our Sept. 30 dated letter has now passed,” Triller boss Thorsten Meier said.
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“As such and under all applicable rules and regulations we demand:
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“Kambosos needs to be immediately stripped of his IBF ranking; an immediate refund of our purse bid deposit; the IBF to set a new purse bid and purse bid date with the next highest contender in the IBF rankings (to be clear, Triller would now have the option, but not the obligation, to decide if we want to bid or not on the same).
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“Per our letter, we officially have pulled the Lopez-Kambosos fight off our October 16th card as outlined. A letter hereof will be forthcoming from Triller’s counsel.”
The changes will likely see Eddie Hearn take over the promotion of the fight as the Australian-born Kambosos looks to write his name in the history books.
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