“Yeah, fine, the money is great, I’m going to be the highest paid martial artist in Australia, but that’s not the point,” said Kambosos.
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“That guy” is undisputed, undefeated lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez, and if Sydneysider Kambosos beats him he’ll be on the record books.
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But like the rest of the world, the undefeated Kambosos was overwhelmed by his shock blow.
After Lopez turned down his promoter Top Rank’s $ 1.9 million offer to fight Kambosos, a wallet offer went to the newcomer Triller, who hosted the fight between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. Made an amazing $ 7.8 million offer for this event, with a location and date to be confirmed soon.
As part of the percentage split, Lopez will earn more than $ 5 million and Kambosos $ 2.7 million, with a fee to be negotiated with his US-based promoter Lou Di Bella.
“Triller came out of nowhere and is good for them because the fighters are the ones who risk their lives. We are the ones who entertain the crowd. The fighters should be paid what they deserve,” said Kambosos, who said himself decided to settle in the United States early in his career and has since fought at the MGM Grand, Madison Square Garden and Wembley Arena.
“You shocked the world, the boxing world couldn’t believe what happened. But there will be two shocks in the process: Triller wins the purse bid and I shock Lopez for winning all of those belts.
“I have two small children, money secures their future, but my drive is far from money.
“I think his drive is for money, he said very loudly: ‘I am worth so much and so much’.
“Well, you have your money. Now let’s see how long you can hold these titles.
“I made very good money in Australia, people freaked out when I said I was going to the US. But I didn’t want to be the fighter who got stuck here importing and building a record, then I got a world title fight a good fighter, got beaten and never heard from again.
“I am finally getting the recognition I deserve. I have gone through several times and left my family behind to take advantage of these opportunities, without these sacrifices I would not be in this position.”
Kambosos, 27, is 19-0 (10KO) while 23-year-old Lopez is 16-0 (12KO). Lopez secured the titles by beating the man many believed to be untouchable, Vasyl Lomachenko.
“It was the same story all along. So many people doubted me, they said I shouldn’t go to America at the beginning of my career, I wouldn’t do it, they said I shouldn’t fight certain guys, they doubted and doubts, but still I am unbeaten and world number 1. I fight against the united champion, the fighter of the year 2020, for all my belts.
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