By Allan Fox: George Kambosos Jr. He says he’d like to fight WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis in Australia after the two champions win their next fights.
Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) doubts that Tank, 27, will agree to come to Australia to fight him over there, and thinks he’ll have to come to the US to get the match done. As long as Kambosos is open to fighting Tank in the US, it’s a doable fight.
The undefeated four-belt champion Kambosos Jr. is on the verge of becoming the undisputed champ if he defeats WBC belt holder Devin Haney next on June 5th.
Those two are in negotiations now for a fight that will be held at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
A victory for Kambosos will make him the top dog at 135, putting him in a position to call the shots against virtually any other fighter in the division.
If Mayweather Promotion wants to increase the popularity of Gervonta Davis, they’ll agree to let him travel to Australia to fight Kambosos for the undisputed championship in 2022.
The perception many boxing fans have is that Mayweather Promotions have been protecting Tank Davis from the quality fighters, and will continue to do follow that path.
Kambosos wants Tank Davis in Australia
“That’s not a big fight at all. The other guy, I’m not sure who he is but he’s not even a top 15 kind of guy,” said George Kambosos Jr to Fighthype when asked his opinion about the May 28th fight between Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis and Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero.
“Tank should get rid of him really early. He’s like a sacrificial lamb, I believe,” Kambosos Jr. continued about Rolly having no chance against Gervonta.
“Tank will destroy him and you’ll never hear about this kid again. Like I said, the guys that deserve the fight are obviously Lomachenko and Devin Haney.
“I’d love to fight Gervonta Davis, but he’s not going to come to Australia, so we’ll see where that goes one day. I may have to kick his a** in his hometown as well.
“Look, we all know he’s not coming to Australia, and that’s a fact,” said Kambosos about Gervonta. “I’m not going to sit here and try and make an excuse and say, ‘He can’t come here because of this reason.’ He will not come to Austalia full stop, and if he does, no problem.
“I love fighting in America. I’ve fought in America so many times. I’ve fought in the biggest arenas in the US That’s a fight that will most likely take place in the US
“But like I said, it’s step by step one fight at a time. I will take them all out. Let’s hope Devin Haney steps up and we get this fight done first,” said Kambosos.
It’s highly unlikely Tank Davis will agree to fight Kambosos Jr in Australia because he won’t want to put himself in position where the crowd is rooting against him.
Teofimo Lopez’s future uncertain
“It all depends on how they bounce back,” said Kambosos when asked how Teofimo Lopez will do with him moving up to 140, and being on the verge of fighting for the WBO title once undisputed champion Joshua Taylor vacates his light-welterweight belts.
“Some former world champions bounce back incredibly and show that champion mentality or they’ve been beaten up so badly in their last fight that they’re never the same.
“That’s not for me to say right now. I did my business against him, I beat him up and I’m not going to disrespect him, he’s a hell of a fighter,” Kambosos Jr said about Teofimo.
“Liam Paro is #1 [with WBO 140], that’s fantastic for Australian boxing. Hopefully, they can make that fight happen, and hopefully, Para comes out. Of course, you’re always going to back your own, and support your own.
“I can’t sit here and say that Lopez is going to come back better or come back worse. That’s why boxing is always a sport where there are questions, and those questions have to be answered. So we have to wait and see,” said Kambosos.
There are a lot of question marks about whether Teofimo will come back from his loss to Kambosos last November.
Teofimo hasn’t looked the same since hitting it big with a nice payday fight against Lomachenko in October 2020.
Teo made good money in that contest, and he didn’t look well-trained in returning to the ring after a year-long layoff after that match in his loss to Kambosos.
The question is, was it the money that has taken something out of Teofimo’s game or the injuries?
Fighters must earn their shot
“It doesn’t bother me but I like the idea of people earning the rights to fight. I had to earn it so hard, I had to earn it for a long time. That’s why I’m so big and people are saying, ‘You should have fought an Australian guy, beat some Australian.’ No chance.
“Let them go earn their position, let them earn their stripe. This ain’t no free ride for someone to say, ‘I’ve got to fight for a title. I’ve got to get a quick payday.’ No, earn your shot or I’d rather take the best of the best and the guys that deserve it.
“That’s why how can you knock me, how can you say, I’m ducking this guy or that guy? I fought [Teofimo] Lopez. I fought Mickey Bey before that, and I was signed to fight Lomachenko. It’s done. The pound-for-pound #1 and had come back with two great wins [over Masayoshi Nakatani and Richard Commey].
“All of a sudden that fights not there because he’s got business at home [in Ukraine]. Devin Haney, come on, no problem. I’m here to fight the best. I’ve always have been always will be. Until the day I retire, that’s how it’s going to be,” said Kambosos.
Ryan Garcia is a fighter that is currently trying to earn his shot for a title fight against Kambosos Jr by taking on Emmanuel Tagoe on April 9th on DAZN.
If Ryan wins that fight, he could punch his ticket for a title shot against the winner of the Kambosos vs. Honey fight.
Unless Vasyl Lomachenko returns from Ukraine later this year, Ryan Garcia will be in a great position to challenge for the four belts against the winner of the Kambosos vs. Haney fight in June.