Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos delayed after champ contracts COVID
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The Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos bout has been put off after the unified lightweight champion tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Lopez, 23, has risen to fame at a young age, thanks to his vicious knockouts. He has already amassed a stunning 16-0 record and dons the main WBA, WBO, IBF, WBC franchise and Ring Magazine lightweight titles.

The title-holder revealed on Twitter that he has contracted COVID-19. He wrote: “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.”

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When will Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos take place?

The fight was originally scheduled for June 19. It has now been moved to August 14 along with the entire fight card.

Teofimo Lopez faces criticism

Nonetheless, the boxing fraternity is not pleased with Lopez for travelling to Las Vegas to watch a boxing fight because that is where he is most likely to have been exposed to the virus.

His opponent Kambosos Junior is particularly not pleased with Lopez.

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He wrote on his Facebook: “Your actions and decisions have affected not only our fight but everyone involved in this fight. Pure irresponsibility on your side. Our time will come and I promise you and the world that I’m going to take you out worse than ever for everything.”

Lopez’s former coach and Top Rank promoter, Bob Arum, has also come out hard against the lightweight champion. He affirmed that the fighter should have gotten a vaccine jab.

As quoted Boxing Scene, Arum remarked: “We tell all our fighters – you guys are fighting for big money and promoters are laying out big money. Get yourself vaccinated, so you don’t [contract] the COVID.”

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“Now, you take the two fighters here, [Tyson] Fury is totally vaccinated. And I talked with [manager] Shelly Finkel a little while ago, and he said that Wilder’s been fully vaccinated. And their corners have been vaccinated. That’s taking responsibility.”

Bob Arum was of the view that Lopez’s carelessness and irresponsible behaviour is the only thing to blame for the postponement of the fight.

“There was no reason why before he went into training that he didn’t get vaccinated. No reason! And if he had gotten vaccinated, he wouldn’t have lost his payday. So, I feel sorry for him, but the fight will happen,” the promoter added.

“But again, this is different from when we first went into the bubble last June, and we had every other fight with a guy getting COVID because nobody really knew how to handle it. But now, with the vaccination, anybody gets COVID. Shame on them. Shame on them because they hadn’t taken the time, or they hadn’t, for some crazy reason, decided not to get vaccinated. That’s nuts!”

 

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Shayan is a Pakistan-based sports blogger with over three years of experience in journalism and sub-editing of sports-related pieces.

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