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Lomachenko sees the fight with Kambosos as an opportunity to get a title, not a war – Boxing News 24


Vasiliy Lomachenko says he views his fight against George Kambosos Jr. on Saturday night not as a war, but rather as a “competition” for the IBF lightweight world title.

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Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs) is hoping to win another world title after a year away from the ring, and Kambosos (21-2, 10 KOs), a fighter with a big following in Australia, is his opponent in their headliner. at the RAC Arena in Perth.

With a 1-2 record in his last three fights, Kambosos is not an ideal contender for a world title shot on Saturday. However, he is popular in Australia and attracts fans to the fight.

This may be the real reason why Kambosos is being given the opportunity to fight Lomachenko for the IBF title rather than the more deserving IBF No. 1 ranked contender William Zepeda (30-0, 26 KOs), who will likely make “The Emperor's” job easier. . if given a chance.

Saturday's Kambosos vs. Lomachenko fight will air on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT.

Both of these guys can't afford to lose this fight on Saturday because neither of them can take another loss without damaging their careers. Lomachenko is 36 years old, and losing a fighter of his caliber would signal that he is not going to win another world title.

Kambosos is seen as a chance to win this fight, and if Lomachenko beats him, it will be virtually impossible for him to get another shot at a world title.

It actually looks bad that Kambosos will have to fight for the vacant IBF lightweight title, given that he has lost two of his last three fights and is coming off a questionable win over Maxie Hughes.

It would seem so obvious that Kambosos would be given preferential treatment if he loses to Lomachenko, and would be given another shot at the belt after a couple of wins over lesser opponents.

Lomachenko: “Competition, not war”

“This will be an unforgettable fight. For him this is war. For me this is a competition,” Lomachenko said. “I have a goal. I need this title. My motivation is this title and the desire to become world champion again.”

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