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ESPN Weights: Kambosos Vs. Lomachenko – For Saturday night – boxing news


George Kambosos Jr. looked exhausted at Friday's weigh-in ahead of his 12-round fight against Vasyl Lomachenko on Saturday on ESPN.

After the weigh-in, the two fighters had to face each other for a long time, and it could be said that Kambosos was giving birth to kittens from anxiety. He looked tense. Kambosos looked like he was about to have a panic attack.

(Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

Kambosos: turkey neck will tell everything

By the looks of it, Kambosos (21-2, 10 KOs) could be in trouble if 36-year-old Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs) doesn't age in his last year away from the ring.

Former lightweight world champion Kambosos and former three-division world champion Lomachenko will fight for the vacant IBF 135-pound title on Saturday. The event will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10:00 pm ET/7:00 pm PT.

  • Georgiy Kambosos Jr. 134.2 vs. Vasily Lomachenko: 134.9
  • Nina Hughes 117.5 vs. Cherneka Johnson 116.7
  • Andrew Moloney 114.5 vs Pedro Guevara 114.9

The turkey neck Kambosos received tonight shows that he has cut a lot of weight to get down to 135 pounds, and he could feel the effects on Saturday night. Kambosos looked like he was starving himself to gain weight, which is not good compared to an elite level professional like Lomachenko.

Lomachenko: an ageless miracle

On social networks, many choose Kambosos to win. It's unclear if they watched Kambosos' last three fights, because if they did, they would have taken it as a slam dunk when Lomachenko raised his hand. In his three fights, Kambosos lost twice to Devin Haney and defeated Maxie Hughes by a controversial 12-round decision.

If Kambosos hopes Lomamchenko has aged, he could be in for a rude awakening on Saturday night.

“Fighters age in the blink of an eye, and we are not the same as we used to be in an instant. Hopefully Kambosos realizes that and can take advantage of it,” Shawn Porter told Top Rank Boxing when talking about Vasiliy Lomachenko at the weigh-in after he arrived a little late.

“We saw him slow down, we saw that he didn’t have such a fast start. We even saw his legs. That’s the only thing he’s known for, his movement,” Porter said of Lomachenko. “It's like he's revving up the engine before he takes off.

“We've seen this before. Kambosos's job is to not let him start. This is something that cannot be allowed to happen to a veteran fighter. You can't let this veteran fighter set his pace and go at his own pace because usually if he does that, he's comfortable and you have to make Lomachenko uncomfortable.

“Kambosos can beat Lomachenko, and his age doesn’t matter. Lomachenko has no days off. Kambosos still has what it takes to beat a fighter like Lomachenko.

“We know Loma is in his prime, these are two different levels. We understand this. But right now it’s all about timing,” Porter said, believing Kambosos will catch Lomachenko at the right time in his career, after he’s old enough to win.


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