After the fiasco represented by the failed promotion of Triller with the duel between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos For the linear unified lightweight title, with six fight date changes, the day has come to define who is number one at 135 pounds.
Lopez, 24 years old and with a Honduran father residing in New York, he is an exuberant fighter with the personality and talent necessary to be a long-term figure beyond this weight division.
Kambosos (19-0-0, 10 KO’s) is an Australian of Greek origin and an unknown world challenger in North America. He seems the one who benefited the most from the fact that this lawsuit took seven months to complete. And it is that the passage of time, helped the topic was current in the social media narrative since it was announced in the spring of this year.
The fight could be a watershed for Lopez (16-0-0, 12 KO’s), whose relationship with Top rank and Bob arum deteriorated until it ended up in an auction where Triller paid 6 million dollars. Almost 45% of that bag was guaranteed for the Theophimus, in a bid in which neither DAZN neither Top rank they showed interest in even getting close to that number.
Triller, a new small company among whose partners is the rapper Snoop dog, combines on its platform music, combat shows such as professional boxing and exhibition. All this, along with a lifestyle associated with the consumption of promotional marijuana, using the power of celebrities and nostalgia.
But in terms of the rationality of boxing it was a complete failure. Its operators and intermediaries never understood the dynamics of the market, did not communicate, nor could they with the competition between rival promoters to place functions that rivaled the dates proposed by Triller. After allowing time to pass, his rights to organize the fight entered into default and ended up yielding legal rights to DAZN and Eddie hearn to finalize the long-awaited lawsuit.
Teofimo Lopez, who became a troll against Kambosos and Top rank, during limbo caused by Triller, has quoted its visibility in Instagram and Twitter mainly. However, he runs the risk of not offering the expected product to a hungry fan base to see him return after beating down Vasily Lomachenko a year ago.
Can Kambosos surpass Teófimo López?
That is the question that everyone asks, especially those who do not know him. Kambosos he has become a globetrotter fighting in: Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur, Athens, Las Vegas and Wembley.
He is ranked the eighth best lightweight in the world by the magazine The RING, and is the mandatory rival for Lopez, by the International Boxing Federation.
Remember that Lopez could be considered not only linear champion, but undisputed lightweight champion because, as champion FIB, defeated Lomachenko by decision a year ago to snatch his belts from the AMB, OMB, and the franchise title of the CMB, in addition to being awarded the RING, which validates his pedigree as the true champion of this weight.
However, a prior decision of the CMB to raise to Lomachenko from regular champion to franchise, now Devin Haney From interim champion to regular, it has only caused more confusion among fans. It also gave him more flexibility to Mauricio Sulaiman, with the possibility of lengthening the time in which it can force Haney to fight against others and define the next champion who has the possibility of being truly undisputed when it is time to know who will win between López and Kambosos.
This leads us to rethink the 135-pound division scenario: Lopez (unified champion), Haney (To who Lopez called ‘champion by mail’), Ryan Garcia (great talent with viral personality in networks, but poor mental health), Gervonta davis (which has a ‘B’ version of the title AMB from Lopez), and Lomachenko, who still without title in his possession appears in the Libra by Libra ranking and as the number one challenger for The RING.
Not to mention solid active contenders of the same weight as: the former champion Richard Commey, who faces Lomachenko in a couple of weeks, JoJo Diaz, Jorge Linares, Javier Fortunaas well as the Mexican Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz, which goes against Tank davis in a couple more weeks for a regular title version AMB.
In the end, Lopez vs Kambosos it will serve as a thermometer within one of the divisions with the greatest depth of talent and with the best potential to generate fights where the best face the best. All this, accompanied by a solid promotional endorsement with the great possibility of doing those fights in Las Vegas or New York.
Just don’t take it for granted that if we win Lopez is going to face Haney, or Lomachenko or Davis. And it is that the evidence makes us see that in the boxing business the obvious does not exist. There is an eternal interest in building careers in boxers that will produce the best returns on investment for promoters, platforms and the organization.
Protectionism applied to the winner of Lopez vs Kambosos It’s only going to ruin the special moment you live at 135 pounds.
It is time to snatch that opportunism and see the best boxing possible.
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– DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) November 26, 2021