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Teofimo Lopez tests positive for COVID, fight with Kambosos moved to August 14

Saturday just got a little less busy, though it’s still busy.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Teofimo Lopez’s fight with George Kambosos Jr, set for this coming Saturday night, is being moved to Saturday, Aug. 14, after Lopez tested positive for COVID this morning.

Mike Coppinger got word from Triller’s Ryan Kavanaugh about the test and the new date. The entire card will move to the new date, as well.

This will probably also delay plans for Lopez (16-0, 12 KO) to return to ESPN in a pay-per-view fight. After signing an amended deal to keep Lopez with Top Rank through 2023, Teofimo was expected to fight in an Oct. 2 pay-per-view through ESPN. It’s unlikely Lopez will fight Oct. 2 after fighting Aug. 14; not impossible, mind you, particularly if he were to blow through Kambosos (19-0, 10 KO) in short order, but even then you’d have to have another full training camp for a serious opponent.

It’s a shame the fight is being postponed again, but it does lessen Saturday’s ridiculously packed scheduled, which still has Munguia-Szeremeta on DAZN in the afternoon, plus Charlo-Montiel on Showtime and Inoue-Dasmarinas on ESPN in the evening, as well as the Chavez-Silva PPV, which we will now have full coverage of because of the Lopez-Kambosos postponement.

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