Kambosos Backs Himself To Beat Lomachenko – ‘I Come From That Russian Style’

March 11, 2024
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Kambosos Backs Himself To Beat Lomachenko - 'I Come From That Russian Style'

George Kambosos Jr. is confident of beating the odds when he faces Vasily Lomachenko on May 12. 

The two boxers face off for the vacant IBF Lightweight Title. The belt was freed after Devin Haney vacated the title and moved up to junior welterweight. Kambosos is the former Unified Lightweight Champion after shocking Teofimo Lopez in one of boxing’s biggest upsets.

Lomachenko is a three-division champion looking to bounce back from his controversial loss to Haney. Despite a unanimous decision loss, most of the boxing community believed the Ukrainian had done enough to win.

Loma never got the rematch as he turned his attention to Kambosos. Lomachenko has spoken about his desire to become undisputed despite having missed out against Haney. However, Kambosos is keen to cause an upset like he did against Lopez. 

Kambosos On Loma

“I come from that Russian kind of style. I know that style very well. [And] I had ten years with that style. Pick up more artillery. Things sometimes happen, and God works in mysterious ways,” Kambosos said

Nevertheless, Kambosos’ form has not been the best since he beat Lopez. The Australian suffered consecutive losses to Haney, but The Dream did become undisputed and a two-weight world champion, showing it can happen to the best of them.

But Kambosos’ last bout against Maxi Hughes was very controversial. Kambosos won a majority decision, but the consensus was that he had come out second best. As for Lomachenko, the boxer knows time is not on his side. At 35, time is running out for him to become undisputed. That is why Paulie Malignaggi cannot see any way that Kambosos wins. 

Malignaggi Reacts

“I think he probably barely wins a round or doesn’t win a round in this fight either. If that happens, it will be an embarrassing night for Kambosos. I feel like he should retire after this fight. He’s been able to set himself up financially in these fights. Credit to him for being able to maximise a win so well, like he was able to in the Lopez fight,” Malignaggi stated 

Those comments did not sit well with Kambosos. The boxer fired back at Malignaggi by commenting on his career, which suffered in the latter parts. Malignaggi is a former world champion, but he was no longer the same in his last few fights.

Losses to Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia showed that Malignaggi could no longer hold his own against world-level competition. But his last bout summed up the tail-end of his career. The Italian was stopped by Sam Eggington, who is not the biggest of names, with nine losses on his record. Kambosos took his time to highlight Malignaggi’s record. 

“And I believe you haven’t been relevant since 2013! When AB took your girl & belt. You’ve been beaten up by mma fighters in bare knuckle & sparring, & kicked out of events since. You believe your own b******t, got 1 thing right though Kambosos depositing another hefty check,” Kambosos revealed 


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