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Lomachenko vs. Kambosos tonight on ESPN+ – who will win and why? – Boxing News 24


Two former lightweight world champions will fight for the vacant IBF world title tonight when Vasiliy “Hi Tech” Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs) meets George Kambosos Jr. (21-2, 10 KOs) at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. , streaming live on ESPN+.

Back in November 2023, then undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney made the decision to vacate his belts in order to step up and compete for the 140-pound world title. Haney's decision opened the door of opportunity for both Loma and Kambosos.

Before turning professional, Vasiliy Lomachenko was a two-time Olympic gold medalist and had an outstanding amateur record (396-1). In just his third professional fight, Loma defeated Gary Russell Jr. in June 2014 to win the vacant WBO featherweight title.

Two years later, Lomachenko would rise to win the WBO super lightweight belt. After four successful title defenses, Loma rose again to become the Universal Lightweight Champion of the World.

On the night of October 17, 2020, IBF champion Teofimo Lopez met with WBA, WBO lightweight champion Vasily Lomachenko. Lopez started fast, Lomachenko finished strong, but at the end of the fight Teofimo Lopez won by unanimous decision.

Three years later, Vasiliy Lomachenko had the chance to live out his dream by fighting Devin Haney for the undisputed lightweight title, but unfortunately for Loma, he lost via unanimous decision. Now Lomachenko has the opportunity to fight for the world title with a man who has gone through a similar path.

Back in November 2021, George Kambosos Jr shocked the world by defeating Teofimo Lopez to win the WBA, WBO and IBF lightweight titles. Kambosos was scheduled to fight Loma next, but Lomachenko pulled out of the fight and decided to stay in his native Ukraine due to the war against Russia.

Then-WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney replaced Loma, traveled to Melbourne, Australia, and defeated Kambosos via unanimous decision. Kambosos activated the rematch clause and Haney again completely outboxed Kambosos and won the rematch by unanimous decision.

Kambosos would bounce back by defeating Maxi Hughes back in July 2023. Now 30-year-old George Kambosos Jr. has another opportunity to compete for a world title when he faces 36-year-old Vasiliy Lomachenko. Kambosos comes into today's competition as a 7-to-1 underdog, but he feels extremely confident.

George Kambosos is a counter-puncher who has underrated hand speed and exceptional timing. His opponent Vasily Lomachenko is an elite ring technician. Loma is best known for his phenomenal footwork and ability to create angles.

This world title fight will be extremely difficult for Kambosos as the data says his chances against Lomachenko are virtually nil. In two fights against Devin Haney, Kambosos lost all 24 rounds.

Lomachenko traditionally starts the fight slowly, and due to the slow start, Kambosos will be able to win several rounds. However, if Kambosos couldn't win one round against Haney, it's hard to imagine him winning 7 rounds against Lomachenko.

George Kambosos is a boxer who has often spoken about legacy. A win tonight will cement his legacy as he has two wins against elite fighters to his name. However, if Loma dominates Kambosos like Haney did, then Kambosos could move into the one-punch wonder category.

On Saturday night, May 11th on ESPN+, two former lightweight world champions will square off against each other for the IBF world title. The winner could be set for a potential unification bout, while the loser will be forced to go back to the drawing board.


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