"This is a battle": Lomachenko challenged to fight by former world champion who supported Ukraine
Former absolute world lightweight champion George Kambosos (21-2, 10 KOs) intends to fight Vasyl Lomachenko (17-03, 11 KOs) in his next fight. On Saturday, the Australian won the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) belt by defeating Maxie Hughes (26-6-2, 5 KOs) in a scandalous fashion and challenged the Ukrainian.
Kambosos said this during a press conference after the fight against the Briton, Boxing News 24 reports. He stressed that a fight with our compatriot could bring together a huge arena, especially if the show is organised in Australia.
"Don't worry about me. I already had all the lightweight belts. We have a big fight at the stadium ahead. Next I will fight Lomachenko. This is a battle. He will be more open, throwing punches and rushing into the fight. I want to take him on, it's a big fight that I'm ready for. I won the IBO belt. I won the world title and added it to my collection. It's not one of the top four, but I'm going to bring the other four home," said Kambosos.
Earlier, American Devin Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) suddenly started talking about a rematch with Vasyl Lomachenko, whom he defeated in a controversial victory on 20 May. After the fight, the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) deprived the Ukrainian of the first place in its rankings.
It is worth noting that Kambosos and Lomachenko could have fought last year, but the Ukrainian refused to fight because of the full-scale invasion of Russia. After that, the Australian supported Vasyl and our entire country.
"Vasyl Lomachenko, I respect your decision, fully understand it and pray for you and your country Ukraine. Please take care of yourself. As soon as I wipe the floor with Devin, we will arrange this fight with you between two real champions. God bless you," George wrote in March 2022.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Vasyl Lomachenko did not condemn Russia for the massive shelling of Odesa region, where his native Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi is located.