Teofimo Lopez has tested positive for COVID-19 and is symptomatic. His Saturday fight vs. George Kambosos that was arranged to be in Miami and the whole undercard has been moved to Aug. 14, Triller announced.
Lopez, the unified lightweight champion and No. 5 on ESPN’s pound-for-pound list, told ESPN he tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning in Las Vegas before his scheduled flight to Miami for fight week. He decided to remain in town rather than travel with his diagnosis.
Lopez said he’s running a high fever and also has had trouble breathing and that his asthma makes dealing with COVID-19 more difficult. While the decision to postpone the fight was difficult, Lopez said, he could not recover in time for Saturday.
He also issued a statement on social media Tuesday night.
The card was programmed to be held at LoanDepot Park, where the Miami Marlins play, on Saturday, and Triller had started heavy promotion of the bout.
The Marlins have a home game scheduled the night of Aug.14, so Triller will need to secure a new location for the rescheduled fight.
“We send our best to Teofimo and his family and hope they get well soon, and look forward to seeing this epic battle on August 14, 2021,” Triller Fight Club co-founder Ryan Kavanaugh said.
Kambosos called Lopez irresponsible in a statement posted to Twitter.
“Your actions and decisions have affected not only our fight but everyone involved in this fight. Pure irresponsibility on your side. Our time will come and I promise you and the world that I’m going to take you out worse than ever for everything,” he wrote.
The 23-year-old Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) is a rising star who just agreed to an amended deal with ESPN/Top Rank through 2023 that raised his minimum purses and secured his place in future ESPN PPV fights once this fight is completed, sources told ESPN.
This defused a dispute between Top Rank and Lopez that occurred after the Kambosos-Lopez bout went to purse bid and Triller bid over $6 million to secure the rights to it over ESPN/Top Rank and Matchroom.
Lopez, who holds the main WBA, WBO, IBF, WBC franchise and Ring Magazine lightweight titles, will be making his first title defense since his October 2020 upset over Vasiliy Lomachenko.