One of Australia’s biggest lightweight boxers George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr will finally be returning to the ring to fight Teofimo Lopez in massive $7.6 million (AUD) deal offered by streaming platform Triller.
George Kambosos Jr was set to fight the current unified lightweight world champion, with arrangements being made as to which company would be promoting the fight. Matchroom and Top Rank reportedly offered $3.5 million and $2.3 million (USD) to promote the fight, yet a stunning $6 million (USD) bid by Triller trumped both companies.
The upstart tech company previously promoted the exhibition match between former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr as a pay-per-view attraction. According to reports, the fight generated more than 1.6 million buys.
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The bidding process staged by the IBF stated that Lopez, as the champion, would receive $4 million (US), with Kambosos and his team receiving $2 million (USD), minus promotional expenses.
The International Boxing Federation (IBF) officially ordered Lopez Jnr to defend his belt against the unbeaten Kambosos in January 2021. Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald following the announcement, Kambosos said he was pushing for the match to be held in Australia.
“I really want it. A lot of people don’t want to fight Lopez. But this mandatory is good. I really want this fight, I truly believe I will win this fight,” Kambosos said last month.
Kambosos is currently on a 19-0 win streak, last winning his fight against Selby and Mickey Bey in December, 2019, at Madison Square Garden on the Terence Crawford card.
Kambosos added that he thinks the world title fight will give him a chance to “become the first and the greatest fighter in Australian history.”