WBA, IBF, WBC Franchise, WBO lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez is less than two weeks away from his mandatory defense against George Kambosos.
The contest will take place on June 19 in the main event of a Triller Fight Club pay-per-view from LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida.
The promoter for Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs), Top Rank, was outbid at the IBF's purse bid, with Triller securing the promotional rights to the ordered fight with Kambosos.
Triller has loaded up the event with celebrities, several live performances, and a full boxing undercard.
“Triller Fight Club and Triller, they know exactly what they’re doing,” Lopez said to Press Enterprise. “With the amount of entertainment that I’m actually going to be involved in with these guys and the amount of talent that they have here, it’s phenomenal and I can’t believe it. Sometimes it’s like, ‘Whoa.’”
Based on what Top Rank had offered him to face Kambosos, Lopez felt that he wasn't being given the proper respect as the unified champion - and he says Triller stepped up to the plate.
“I’ll risk it every time for myself,” Lopez said. “I’ll bet on myself and I’ll double down every time. It’s not about the money. It’s about the respect … I’m the undisputed lightweight champion, then treat him like the undisputed lightweight champion.
“But hey, things happen and at least Triller saw it. Now we’re in the ‘TrillerManila’ and we’re just doing our thing, so it’s just that now. I’m giving them the flavor. I’m giving them the sauce. I’m giving them the things they want to see from a fighter standpoint. And the entertainment part is what I’m going to bring. I’m not just a boxer, I’m not a brawler, I’m an entertainer when it’s all said and done.”
Despite what happened in the last few months, Lopez is not holding a grudge against Top Rank.
“We’re cordial,” Lopez said. “We’re partners in some way right now at the moment. Ain’t nothing personal. It’s just business.”