The long-anticipated fight between lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos has yet another date, this time set for November 27th at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
This bout has been scheduled several times, but has yet to actually put the fighters in the same arena. Lopez pulled out of the June 19 fight after a bout of Covid-19, and then rejected other replacement dates in August and October. But he appears ready to put pen to paper according to ESPN.
ESPN sources: The Teofimo Lopez-George Kambosos lightweight championship fight will take place Nov. 27 at New York’s Hulu Theater at MSG on DAZN. Finally, at long last, this fight might actually happen. Story coming to ESPN— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) October 20, 2021
Whether DAZN will put this on their regular boxing series or as part of a pay-per-view card is unknown as of now. Triller originally won the purse bid for this bout at $6 million, but that was rejected by the IBF for being in violation of the contract, and so now Matchroom will take over the promotion of the contest.
Kambosos is 19-0 as a professional, 10 of those wins coming by knockout. The Australian of Greek heritage has accused Lopez of ducking him multiple times, but he should finally get his shot in November. The 28-year-old last fought Lee Selby on Halloween of last year, and has waited this long as the No. 1 contender to get his shot.
Lopez is a former Golden Gloves champion, and is 16-0 with 12 KO’s at just age 24. He holds the IBF, WBA, WBO, and Ring Magazine lineal championships. The Brooklyn-born fighter of Honduran heritage will be fighting at home, his first contest since upsetting Vasyl Lomachenko on October 17 of last year.