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After rising to prominence and scoring a career-defining upset of Vasyl Lomachenko to unify the WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight championships, Teofimo Lopez was expected to make his first title defense against George Kambosos on ESPN, the same platform where he won the titles. In a shocking move, streaming platform Triller swooped in during Thursday’s purse bid with a massive offer to score the fight and send a jolt through the boxing landscape.

One of the biggest fights in recent memory to advance to a purse bid, Lopez’s defense against Kambosos is a battle of two young, undefeated lightweights that sets up potential mega-fights down the road in a…

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