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“I’ve been in this sport for a long time,” says Lomachenko before crunch test | Boxing News


BOXING is a sport with good profits. One minute you're fighting Devin Haney for all the marbles in the lightweight division, three judge's cards away from achieving your undisputed lifelong dream, and the next you're traveling halfway around the world to compete for the vacant belt.

This is exactly the situation Vasiliy Lomachenko finds himself in when he takes to the away stadium in Australia this evening. George Kambosos Jr. has entertained fans like this many times before. Home advantage? You better believe it.

Kambosos is still pumping out the last bits of authority juice left over from the night he beat Teofimo Lopez. Make no mistake, he was outstanding that time. Thanks to his intense preparation and Lopez's antics, Kambosos created the perfect storm that allowed him to sail to victory.

This time he feels similar energy and even promises to retire his veteran enemy. What would be some kind of statement.

Even if the fight with Teofimo turns out to be a one-off, it showed us one thing: writing off Kambosos is a dangerous game. He is the ultimate underdog who rises up to meet the doubters and outlast them. Imbued with a ruthless, perhaps reckless self-confidence, even in defeat, Kambosos refuses to believe that he can ever truly be defeated.

A heavy favorite to beat Maxie Hughes in Oklahoma, the Australian won by majority decision but appeared to have gotten away with one thing. While Maxey is a stubborn and determined southpaw, clumsy and difficult to take down, Lomachenko is a master left-hander at work.

If Maxie Hughes could constantly retreat, disengage and set traps for Kambosos, then someone of Lomachenko's enormous caliber would be capable of doing the same.

Redemption Road: Both men have something to prove in Perth

These are two fighters who have tasted success and are looking for redemption. One might even go so far as to suggest that these are two men with a chip on the shoulder mentality who rise to the occasion when doubters gather and whisper.

One boxer suffered defeat in a fight that many thought he had won, while another won a fight that many thought he had lost.

Lomachenko is a natural 126-pound fighter who rose in pursuit of fame and competitive fights and has made several poor decisions on important occasions. Considering his temperament and experience, the Ukrainian unlikely to step forward directly into Kambosos's blows, as the unconventional Teofimo Lopez did.

“I’ve been doing this sport for a long time,” Lomachenko said, somewhat reservedly given his extensive amateur experience.

“We are two professionals. We know boxing. We know the strategy. It will be very, very interesting for both of them.”

Interesting indeed, especially for the energetic “Fierce” Kambosos, who leaves nothing to chance in the gym and has a reputation for being a ferocious workhorse.

“I'm extremely confident. I get this confidence from my training,” Kambosos said.

“When I beat Lomachenko, he will have nowhere else to go. This is a pension for him.”

If not here, then retirement is definitely looming before the 36-year-old, who is probably already struggling with his thoughts and having conversations behind closed doors about plans for the future.

The version of The Matrix that outmaneuvered Luke Campbell and ruthlessly fired Anthony Crolla is quietly slipping away, but the stubborn rival who repeatedly punched Masayoshi Nakatani as if he had a right to prove a point remains – at least in thoughts.

The aging body must agree if those penalty rates set in Perth tonight are reduced again.


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