Teofimo Lopez has signed a contract to allow Triller to move his lightweight championship fight with George Kambosos from Monday, Oct. 4, at New York’s Hulu Theater at MSG, to Saturday, Oct. 16, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Triller’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Teofimo Lopez Sr., the fighter’s father and trainer, both told ESPN on Thursday.
Greek Australian Kambosos, who lives in Sydney, also must sign off on the date change and hasn’t done so yet, sources tell ESPN. In fact, Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) was sleeping (due to the time difference) when Lopez sent over the contract and his team hasn’t yet informed the 28-year-old contender that the champion has agreed to move the fight two weeks.
Triller, which won the rights to the fight at February’s purse bid with a commitment of $6.018 million, is trying to avoid competing with ESPN’s Monday Night Football game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers.
Lopez (16-0, 12KOs) is due to make the second defence of his IBF title, as well as his first as the division’s lineal/WBA/IBF/WBO champion since outpointing Vasiliy Lomachenko (15-2, 11KOs) last October at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. Lopez won the WBA/WBO belts and vacant lineal championship along with defending his IBF title.
The bout took place two weeks prior to Kambosos (19-0, 10KOs) becoming the official challenger to the IBF title following a twelve-round decision victory over Lee Selby last Halloween in London.