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Teofimo Lopez tests positive for COVID-19, fight postponed

Aug 7, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Teofimo Andres Lopez Rivera (HON, blue) does a backflip after a match against Sofiane Oumiha (FRA, red) in the preliminaries during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Riocentro – Pavilion 6. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

According to Ryan Kavanaugh, founder of Triller, Unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, his fight against George Kambosos Jr., set to take place this Saturday, has been postponed to August 14.

The 23-year-old first became a world champion in December 2019 when he beat Richard Commey to become the IBF Lightweight champ. Lopez then became unified champion in his most-recent bout in October 2020 when he defeated unified WBA and WBO Lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko.

This was set to be his first title defense and his first fight on Triller since his temporary separation from Top Rank. Teofimo Lopez was looking to set up a unified lightweight title fight against WBC Lightweight champion Devin Haney to crown an undisputed fighter, pending a win over Kambosos.

Fighting out of Australia, this was set to be George Kambosos Jr.’s fourth career fight in the United States and his first career world title fight.

The undercard will be moved to August 14 along with the main event that was set to feature the return of heavyweight contender Michael Hunter and a fight to crown an undisputed women’s super middleweight champion between Franchon Crews Dezurn and Elin Cederroos.