Last week, the boxing world witnessed greatness. This wasn’t because the best fighter pound-for-pound delivered a performance worthy of his mismatch, but that last year’s breakout fighter took a risk and it paid off well. Teofimo Lopez is going to earn what he believes he should earn when he faces mandatory challenger George Kambosos Jr, who will also receive a career high payday.
Triller surprised everyone when they generously bid $6.8 million to beat Matchroom’s $3.5 million and Top Rank’s $2.3 million stakes for the unified World title fight. The amount was staggering but the open market has delivered for ‘The Takeover’ who was displeased with the amount originally offered to him. The social media platform first popped up in boxing when they hosted the exhibition bout between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr in November. Now, it can be expected for Triller to really make a stamp on the boxing market in the coming months.
They already followed up their action by clutching a bout between former World champion Regis Prograis and Ivan Redkach, to support social media influencer Jake Paul’s clash with retired UFC fighter Ben Askren. That fight is now being talked about to coincide with Lopez-Kambosos. It shows that Triller is serious about entering the boxing market, and I for one am interested in any big money players that come into our sport.
The $6.8 million bid is a drop in the ocean for Triller, which really says a lot when you see the difference between first and second place. Although it’s an absurd amount, it’s paid off for Lopez and potentially boxing fans too, as they may be able to see fights which have a monetary obstacle. I raise my glass to you Triller, that was well played.