Triller boss: Teofimo Lopez to realize three-four occasions his following


Teofimo Lopez will face George Kambosos Jr on Triller Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Teofimo Lopez will face George Kambosos Jr on Triller Photograph Credit score: Mikey Williams/Prime Rank

Teofimo Lopez is about to realize as much as 4 occasions his present following when he faces George Kambosos Jr, Triller boss Ryan Kavanaugh believes.

Triller claimed the promotional rights to host Lopez’s obligatory title defence in opposition to Kambosos Jr after successful Thursday’s purse bid with a proposal of $6.018m, beating Matchroom Boxing’s bid of $3.506m & Lopez’s promoter, Prime Rank who got here in with a $2.315m supply.

Lopez, who received the the WBA ‘Tremendous’, WBO, IBF, WBC ‘Franchise’ and Ring Journal Light-weight belts after defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko in October, will obtain 65% of the purse, with 20% going to Prime Rank, while the Australian, IBF obligatory will get 35% of the pot.

The struggle is about to happen in Could on pay-per-view and can probably mark the third occasion hosted by Combat Membership league, which was launched by Triller, following Mike Tyson’s exhibition with Roy Jones Jr in November and Jake Paul’s conflict with Ben Askren, which is able to happen on April 17.

Early stories counsel the showdown may land on an undercard of a possible assembly between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, who’re in discussions for a 3rd struggle.

“This struggle was a extremely necessary one for us to have,” Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO OF Proxima Media, which owns Triller advised BoxingScene.com.

“Having the undisputed light-weight champion on Triller was one thing we have been actually hoping to get.

“Our view is that we wish to make it feel and look completely different. We additionally wish to ensure that now we have the legitimacy of actual fights and constructing an actual Combat Membership and never simply one thing that’s constructed round social media.

“Teofimo will are available in with a specific amount of followers and go away with hopefully three-to-four occasions that quantity. That’ll be good for Bob [Arum, Lopez’s promoter] too. We expect we’re nice for everybody within the sport.”

Kambosos Jr, 27, turned the IBF obligatory after beating Lee Selby in London in October, with the governing physique formally ordering the struggle on January 9 and giving each groups 30-days to achieve an settlement.

Lopez, 23, was reportedly dissatisfied with the $1.25m he was provided by Prime Rank – his minimal contract assure, feeling his value was far larger. This result in a handbag bid, which was delayed from the unique February 18 date, attributable to a snowstorm to February 26.

‘The Takeover’ will subsequently struggle exterior of Prime Rank’s broadcast companion, ESPN following Triller’s victory, though Lopez’s promoter and Prime Rank CEO, Bob Arum has welcomed the streaming app’s involvement.

Lopez beat Lomachenko in a gripping Lightweight unification in October Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Lopez beat Lomachenko in a gripping Light-weight unification in October Photograph Credit score: Mikey Williams/Prime Rank

“It’s terrific and fantastic that Triller put a bid the best way they did,” Arum advised BoxingScene.com.

“I hope it really works out for them as a result of we made some huge cash in 5 minutes. Virtually $800,000 is fairly good cash. Sh–, that’s actually nice, as a result of Lopez vs. Kambosos shouldn’t be a premier attraction.

“Kavanaugh is totally nice for boxing.

“He’s not doing something unhealthy for the game. He’s performed numbers up to now with Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. that no one else has performed in boxing on pay-per-view. He’s not a competitor although.”

Triller staged the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr exhibition at Staples Center in November Photo Credit: USA TODAY SPORTS
Triller staged the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr exhibition at Staples Heart in November Photograph Credit score: USA TODAY SPORTS

Lopez stays underneath contract with Prime Rank and may conceivably return to ESPN after this struggle, nevertheless Arum has made it clear that the Brooklyn man won’t obtain a charge close to the quantity provided by Triller.

“If he wins and comes again to us and desires the identical cash that he obtained earlier than, the reply is ‘no.’ So he sits out for some time,” Arum added in his interview with BoxingScene.com.

“You may’t pay what you don’t have. He both fights, or he doesn’t struggle. It’s simple.

“Teofimo has a contract with us. There might be common negotiations on his fights. Perhaps Triller is so pleased with Lopez they may give us a giant quantity and purchase out our contract with Lopez, which is ok additionally.”

“The $6 million from Triller, proper there, says that Prime Rank doesn’t worth the very best fighter on their roster. I stay up for my title protection in opposition to George Kambosos,” Lopez advised ESPN’s Mark Kriegel.



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