There might not be two boxing pay-per-view shows on the first weekend of June after all.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Triller Fight Club is seriously considering moving its pay-per-view event that’ll feature Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr. off of its scheduled date of June 5. Brooklyn’s Lopez, the undefeated, unified lightweight champion, and Australia’s Kambosos are supposed to headline Triller Fight’s Club’s card that night at loanDepot Park in Miami, the home stadium of Major League Baseball’s Marlins.
Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and YouTube star Logan Paul are set to meet the next night, June 6, in an exhibition at nearby Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The unofficial fight between Mayweather, a retired five-division champion who made more money than any boxer in the history of the sport, and Paul will headline a four-fight Showtime Pay-Per-View event from the home stadium of the NFL’s Dolphins.
A media event to promote the Mayweather-Paul show is scheduled for Thursday at Hard Rock Stadium.
It is not clear how much competition for pay-per-view customers from the Mayweather-Paul event is a factor in Triller Fight Club possibly moving the Lopez-Kambosos show. Fans will be allowed to attend the Mayweather-Paul show, but fans would not be admitted to the Lopez-Kambosos card if it still happens June 5.
Triller’s decision-makers are considering moving the Lopez-Kambosos card to June 19, according to multiple sources. Peter Kahn, Triller Fight Club’s chief boxing officer, could not be reached for comment Wednesday by BoxingScene.com.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Triller Fight Club had not informed the Florida State Boxing Commission about a potential change in dates for the Lopez-Kambosos card.
Triller held a Lopez-Kambosos press conference April 16 in Atlanta, the day before its pay-per-view show headlined by Jake Paul, Logan’s younger brother, and former UFC fighter Ben Askren at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The company has announced only one undercard fight – an exhibition between heavyweight legend Evander Holyfield and Kevin McBride – and it hasn’t announced any musical acts for the Lopez-Kambosos show.
Triller surprisingly offered $6,018,000 to win the IBF’s purse bid February 25 for the right to promote the Lopez-Kambosos bout.
The boxing newcomer out-bid Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, which offered $3,506,000, and Bob Arum’s Top Rank, which offered $2,315,000. Top Rank promotes Lopez.
Lopez, 23, will be paid $3,911,700 as per the IBF’s 65-35 split in mandated championship matches. Kambosos, 27, will be paid $2,106,300.
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) and Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) have continued to train as if their fight still will take place June 5. Whenever they meet, Lopez will defend his IBF, WBA, WBC franchise and WBO titles against Kambosos, who is the mandatory challenger for Lopez’s IBF belt.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.