Teofimo Lopez defends his united lightweight champion against the undefeated fighter and compelling opponent George Kambosos Jr. on Triller in the summer, but the winning title bout may have damaged his relationship with Top Rank promoters and their boss Bob Arum outside of repairs.
Despite Lopez establishing himself as one of the newest stars in the sport when he defeated Vasiliy Lomachenko in October last year to unify his belts with the Ukrainian Olympic belts.
However, as in recent months with undeveloped welterweight king Terence Crawford, Arum has not provided the support one would expect an elite champion matchmaker to provide on the books. aca.
Arum’s bid for the mandatory Lopez-Kambosos at purse bids didn’t impress his star, and Boxing Matchroom Eddie Hearn – who came second with Triller’s big bid in the bids – even accused Arum of losing Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury ‘s persistent threat tried to compromise if Hearn tried to put him out of the lights.
Speaking to Fighthub recently, Lopez said the fight date for his first defense on the new collection of belts was nearing completion, but admitted that pressure is on for the Top deal. His rank, despite having three and a half years left to run.
“George Kambosos on May 29 or June 5,” said Teofimo. “The on-going commentators will be amazing, and it will definitely draw more attention to the sport.”
Able to be ‘frozen out’ by his own promoter, he replied: “No, not at all. I know those things are playing out for some reason, and that strange reason is in my favor.
“It’s even for me. Too much damage has been done. We look forward to seeing what happens next. The damage was done; there is no way to go back. “
Triller’s claim, more than $ 6 million, doesn’t seem to bring much return on a fighter who has just stamped his card as a member of the sport’s top fighters in a forced defense against an unknown.
However, many expect the climbers, who have recently been hugely successful in promoting the legendary show of Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr., to draw the high attraction of purveyors with side-by-side fights, such as Logan Paul or Jake. Paul bout, drew. in the casual and profit-making audience, while at the same time raising the profile of Teofimo for superfights with the likes of Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis, Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez down the line.