Teofimo Lopez overcame the coronavirus and will return to training camp on Monday, July 5, facing his fight with George Kambosos.
“Good news, Theophimus tested negative for coronavirus on Wednesday, ”he tweeted Lance Pugmire from The Athletic. “Lopez will reopen training camp on Monday, according to his manager David McWater“.
Good news that @TeofimoLopez has passed his COVID test Wednesday and will re-open training camp Monday, according to manager David McWater.
– Lance Pugmire (@pugboxing) July 2, 2021
The current lightweight champion of the OMB, IBF Y AMB He was supposed to go into the ring on June 19, but the fight was postponed until August 14, after he tested positive for the virus four days before the fight.
“I am devastated to disappoint so many people,” he confessed. “I know the sacrifices that everyone made. But I think I’m doing the right thing, I don’t want to infect anyone. I want to protect my colleagues and the people I love. “
I am devastated to disappoint so many people. I know the sacrifices we have all made to get here. I believe I am doing the right thing. I don’t want to infect anybody.
Sport has power. I choose to use my power to be a good example.
– Teofimo Lopez (@TeofimoLopez) June 16, 2021
At the end of June, the journalist Chris Mannix fromSports Illustrated reported that López was “very ill and is still dealing with the effects.”
Theophimus has not been presented yet in 2021, after snatching the championships from Vasyl Lomachenko last October, causing one of the great surprises in recent years.
Knoll He has already returned to the ring and defeated the Japanese in a resounding way Masayoshi Nakatani. At the end of the fight he left the door open for a rematch with Theophimus.
Even his father witnessed the Ukrainian’s triumph and told reporters that his son would be ready for a very possible rematch by the end of the year.
For now, Theophimus remains in plans to reappear in August in the Loan Depot Park from Miami in view of Kambosos to make the first defense of their belts.
However, according to some media, Triller would plan to push the fight through September 11 as part of the undercard that will mark the return of Oscar de la hoya.