Teofimo Lopez still 'very sick' with coronavirus

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Teofimo Lopez has yet to recover from his Covid-19 infection and is some way from returning to full training, according to Chris Mannix.

The 23-year-old American was preparing to defend his WBC franchise, IBF, WBA and WBO lightweight belts against his IBF mandatory challenger George Kambosos Jr, but the event was postponed when he returned a positive coronavirus test.

Speaking on JABS as part of the DAZN Boxing Show, Mannix said: “I've been told by people close to Lopez that he is still very sick and that he's still dealing with the effects of COVID-19. So whenever he actually gets over it, he's probably going to need a month-and-a-half, two months of a training camp to get back into shape. 

“People have kind of pinpointed September 11th as the date for Lopez-Kambosos - don't count on it.”

Mannix suggested that Vasiliy Lomachenko may have to wait for a potential rematch.

“If I'm Lomachenko I don't want to just kind of sit back and wait for Lopez to win this fight against Kambosos and wait for him to be ready to fight him again,” he said.

“Look at some of the top guys at 135 pounds, make a fight with them and then go on to fight Lopez in a big match early next year.”

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