Former lightweight champion Vasily Lomachenko is ready to challenge George Camposos Jr. for his 135-pound IBF, WBA, WBC Franchise and WBO titles in April in Australia, says top-rated promoter Bob Arum.
It’s questionable whether Arum will beat Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn to get the Kambosos fight for Lomachenko. This is what this is all about. Whoever comes up with the most money will get to fight the Kambosos and potentially rip their four titles out of it.
Former three-team world champion Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) is ready to step in and take on Australian Camposos (20-0, 10 KOs) in his country to oust him on the field.
Lomachenko, 33, has changed his career since losing his three lightweight titles to Teofimo Lopez on October 17, 2020. In the two fights of Lomachenko since then, he has defeated former Teofimo opponents Masayoshi Nakatani and Richard Comey.
All Lomachenko now needs to reclaim his throne as the #1 fighter in the 135-pound class is a victory over 28-year-old Kambosos, but that’s no easy feat.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn jumped ahead of Lomachenko and Arum, working tirelessly to hammer out a deal for his WBC Lightweight Champion fighter Devin Haney to face Kambos Jr. In April in Australia.
“Lomachenko wants to fight Kambosos“And we want to fight that fight in Australia,” said Bob Arum, head of #1 in World Boxing News.
“We can raise a lot of money to do this fight, But we can’t do that in the face of Covid. The government won’t give us money with the Covid virus now spreading across Australia.
“I’d like to fight in Sydney. We’ve figured out ways to do that. I’m very optimistic,” Arum said.
However, things do not appear to be going smoothly in the negotiations, with Haney taking to social media last Sunday to complain about the icy slow pace of talks. Haney specifically thinks Kambosos might have other ideas about taking the fight and could “walk away” from it.
Camposos is one of those men who has been fortunate with a win that would probably never have happened had Teofimo Lopez not injured and the weight drain due to their fight on November 27.
In the only two rounds in which Theofemo showed energy in rounds 1 and 10, Camposos was reeling, looking weak, as he would have been expected given his low KO and modest resistance in the past.
In the end, Kambosos won the fight by a 12-round decision, but looked unbeatable the entire time. It was more about how bad Teofimo was that night, not how great Campossos was.
Kambosos was able to make use of Teofimo quite a bit of energy due to the weight reduction to 135 and the injury he got into the fight.
The weakness shown by Kambosos against Teofimo made him a target for promoters like Eddie Hearn and Arum, who could turn their fighters into stars by hitting him.
For Hearn, he should take the fight for Haney as he failed to increase his popularity, looking so shaky in his last two fights against Jorge Linares and Joseph Jojo Diaz Jr.
Looking at Hanyi’s performance recently, it was clear that he would not remain undefeated for much longer. But still, Haney doesn’t need to be super cool for him to beat Kambosos because this guy is a weak champ and food for him and other lightweights in the department.
Haney, 23, has already said he plans to move to 140 after his fight with Camposos if that happens. That might be the case for Haney at 135, which is another reason Hearn needs to do his best to try and make the fight happen.