Teofimo “The Takeover” Lopez reportedly tested positive for COVID and his fight against George Kambosos Jr. has been moved to August 14, 2021. The fight was originally scheduled to June 19 but due to unfortunate circumstances the fans might need to wait a little bit longer.
BREAKING: @triller founder @RyanKavanaugh tells me Teofimo Lopez tested positive for COVID this morning after a PCR test and is symptomatic. As a result, his four-belt lightweight title fight vs. George Kambosos, set for Saturday, is being moved to Aug. 14, along with undercard
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) June 15, 2021
It is indeed unfortunate but health of the fighters are always of top priority. The pandemic has hit the sport of boxing big time. A lot of fights cancelled and the worst part is fighters not recovering the COVID which results in a body deterioration. Fighters like Alexander Povetkin, he looked slow and did not look like his original self. Povetkin just announced he has retired from Boxing.
Teofimo Lopez is widely considered the best lightweight right now, after beating Vasyl Lomachenko in a unanimous decision. Lopez owns 4 belts, well one could argue that he is the WBC champion, since he got the franchise belt but others could say Devin Haney is the WBC champion.
As for George Kambosos Jr., he may be an undefeated fighter but the level of opponents he faced are different compared to Teofimo Lopez’s resume. Lopez has beaten guys like Lomachenko, Commey and even Nakatani. Lopez is obviously going in as a favorite but don’t count Kambosos out.
Another thing worth noting is Lopez just tested positive for COVID and is symptomatic. Will his upcoming performance be affected or will he see the same Lopez that has been knocking out his opponents. The lightweight division has a lot of young lions that will likely be the face of boxing in the near future.