- Teofimo Lopez will defend his unified lightweight titles against George Kambosos on June 5th.
- Lopez is the self-proclaimed undisputed lightweight champion who beat Vasyl Lomachenko last year.
- Kambosos earned his right to fight for the UBF title by defeating Lee Selby in England.
Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos will fight on June 5th in a Triller Fight Club pay-per-view event at a South Florida venue still to be determined.
The announcement was made at a press conference held by Triller on Friday with both Lopez and Kambosos present. The two fighters were separated by emcee Ray Flores as each said his piece before the obligatory P.R. staredown:
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King of 135 Pounds?
Teofimo Lopez believes he’s the one and only king of the lightweight division 👑 pic.twitter.com/S1agBKvmYT
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Lopez is the self-proclaimed “King of the 135-pound division” in boxing. The 23-year old from Brooklyn known as “The Takeover” lived up to his monicker when he dethroned the iconic Vasyl Lomachenko as unified lightweight champion in October 2020. Lopez engaged Loma in a war and outgunned the fighter many consider to be the greatest tactician ever. Despite being a significant betting underdog at the best boxing betting sites, Lopez won the fight via unanimous decision with scores of 116-112, 117-111, and 119-109.
The former Olympian who represented Honduras in the 2016 Summer Games is currently undefeated as a professional with a record of 16-0 with 12 knockouts. He knocked out Ghanian Richard Commey inside two rounds in 2019 to win the IBF lightweight title. That victory set up a duel with Loma, a fight no one except Teofimo and his father believed he would win.
After the fight, Lopez called himself undisputed champion. But the WBC later clarified that Lomachenko’s WBC belt was a “franchise” title, and that the legitimate WBC lightweight champion is American Devin Haney who was recently reinstated as champion after suffering an injury. Haney is scheduled to fight Jorge Linares in his next title defense.
Beating Selby for The Title Shot
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Kambosos became Lopez’s next IBF challenger after defeating former IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby in October 2020. Kambosos traveled all the way to England to pull off a close but impressive split decision win over the fighter known as the Irish Mayweather for his evasive skills.
The 27-year old from Sydney in Australia is also an undefeated fighter with a record of 19-0 with 19 wins via stoppage. Ferocious has fought mostly in Australia but in his last two bouts, he’s proved that he can travel into foreign soil and beat former world champions. Prior to beating Selby, Kambosos also pulled off a split decision win over former IBF lightweight champion Mickey Bey at the Madison Square Garden.
As seen during their first staredown, Lopez doesn’t have the size advantage that he had over Lomachenko. Not only is Kambosos taller, he looks to be the bigger man between the two. While it was clear during the press conference that Lopez has the bigger mouth, it remains to be seen which of them has the bigger punch, which could determine the outcome of this exciting lightweight title fight.