Teofimo Lopez turned down the $ 1.25 million offer he made Top rank for his mandatory combat of the FIB before George Kambosos so the fight goes to auction and there is the possibility that another promoter organizes the fight, according to the report of The Athletic.
Earlier this week, the FIB ordered the auction because the manager of Teófimo López, David McWater, did not reach an agreement with Top Rank.
So Eddie Hearn (Matchroom) or Al Haymon (Premier Boxing Champions) could promote lightweight contention if not arranged with Top rank before February 18.
“There is no animosity, we evaluate how much the fight is worth, we determine that and we seek to close the agreement,” he said. Bob arum, President of Top rank, in an interview with The Athletic. “If a fight is extremely important to ESPN, then we will change our position and possibly consider giving more. But if the bag they ask for is more than we can afford, we just check in and let someone else do it. That’s the only way you don’t go out of business. You cannot chase ”.
In October 2020, Teofimo Lopez surprised the world by defeating Vasyl Lomachenko and remove the belts from the AMB, OMB and FIB. According to the report of The Athletic. After that victory, Teofimo’s minimum purse set in his contract with Top Rank increased by $ 500,000 to $ 1.25 million.
And that, the contractual minimum, is what Bob arum is offering to Teofimo Lopez to fight George Kambosos.
“(Kambosos) not like the Thai boy (Apinun Khongsong, a boom, “he said Arum. “He is a decent fighter, a brave boy. But again, that does not mean that he is an elite boxer against Theophimus I would make a very good fight like (Ryan) Garcia, What (Tank) Davis, What (Devin) Haney) “.
TO Arum it surprises him that now Theophimus turn down a bag that you didn’t win before.
“Lopez He had a minimum amount for defense of the title, and now we more than double it. And suddenly, now that seems little to him, “he said. Arum.
Hearn and his offering
By not agreeing in the negotiation Theophimus Y Arum, the term imposed by the FIB and the fight goes to auction, where any promoter can bid for this fight only. The highest bid wins the fight. After this fight, Theophimus still under contract with Top rank.
Eddie hearn, President of Matchroom, already raised his hand. He stated that he will be looking to close an agreement with Teofimo Lopez, to promote the first defense of all the belts you have.
“Theophimus He is one of the big stars in boxing today, so clearly we will be active in an auction if the opportunity is given, “he said. Hearn in chat with The Athletic.