Sources: IBF to rule Lopez bout be staged in U.S.

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The IBF is predicted to rule that Triller should stage the undisputed light-weight championship battle between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos in the USA reasonably than Australia, a number of sources advised ESPN on Sunday.

The choice is predicted to be handed down as quickly as Monday, sources stated, whereas additionally giving Triller prolonged time to stage the rescheduled pay-per-view bout. The ruling will settle a chronic authorized dispute between Lopez and Triller over the placement and timeframe of the bout.

Lopez’s aspect threatened to relinquish the title reasonably than journey to the challenger’s residence nation and cling to a government-mandated 14-day quarantine.

“We have been open to working this out with [Triller] the entire time,” Lopez’s supervisor, David McWater, advised ESPN. “They have not proven a lot curiosity in it. If that is the ruling from the IBF, then we’ll abide by it as IBF champion.

“He feels nice,” McWater added. “He is been coaching.”

Ryan Kavanaugh, Triller’s co-founder, advised ESPN he would not remark till the official ruling from the IBF. Triller gained the rights to the 135-pound title battle in February with a bid of greater than $6.018 million at an IBF public sale. Lopez-Kambosos was set for June 19 in Miami, however days earlier than the battle, the champion examined optimistic for COVID-19.

Aug. 14 was introduced because the rescheduled date earlier than Triller set its sights on Oct. 17 in Sydney, Australia, residence of Kambosos. The Lopez aspect objected to the battle going down months after Aug. 14 however extra so to the 14-day quarantine.

The postponement price Triller almost $5 million, sources stated, cash that included journey bills and different logistical and advertising prices that may’t be recouped since occasion insurance coverage is not protected towards the coronavirus. Hoping to offset a number of the loss, Triller thought it might capitalize on the recognition of boxing in Australia.

With the IBF set to rule that battle should happen within the U.S., a brand new date and website will should be sorted.

Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) is promoted by High Rank and fights solely on ESPN, however a disagreement along with his promoter over cash following his October victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko led to the bout with Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) heading to a handbag bid.

Triller gained the public sale, with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport coming in second with $3.506 million and High Rank third at $2.315 million. Lopez, 24, is about to earn a career-high $3.912 million; he made $1.35 million for the Lomachenko bout. Kambosos, 28, is because of make $2.106 million, additionally a career-best payday.

Lopez, who resides in Las Vegas, and High Rank engaged in a public spat within the weeks that adopted the purse bid. Nevertheless, the acrimony ended when the edges signed a restructured contract days earlier than the scheduled bout with Kambosos (ESPN’s No. 9 light-weight) that raised his title-defense minimums from the earlier purse of $1.25 million.

High Rank hoped to stage a PPV rematch between Lopez and Lomachenko later this 12 months, two boxers featured on ESPN’s pound-for-pound top-10 record. With Lopez’s title protection vs. Kambosos now on the right track to be staged later this 12 months within the U.S., High Rank has turned its consideration to a Dec. 11 battle between Lomachenko and Richard Commey.

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