Bob Arum says Vasiliy Lomachenko wants to face George Kambosos in Australia

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Vasiliy Lomachenko (Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

Vasiliy Lomachenko is targeting a fight with George Kambosos in Australia. The Ukranian wizard has been in red hot form since losing to Teofimo Lopez in 2020 and victory over Kambosos would help the three-weight world champion return to top spot at 135lbs.  

Kambosos shocked the world in November when he gate-crashed the lightweight rankings with a slit decision win over Lopez. Kambosos dropped the Brooklyn fighter in the opening session before climbing off the canvas late on to take a close verdict. The result made him a fighter in demand and Bob Arum, Lomachenko’s promoter, says his man is looking to challenge Kambosos. 

“Lomachenko wants to fight Kambosos, and we want to do that fight in Australia,” said Arum when speaking with World Boxing News. “We can raise a lot of money to do that fight, but we can’t do it in the face of Covid. The government won’t give us money with Covid rampaging now through Australia.  

“I really believe that this is the last of the Covid with Omicron surging all over but not doing much damage. It’s like a fighter in the late rounds throwing a lot of punches, but he’s so tired the punches have no effect on the opponent. I’d like to do the fight in Sydney. We’ve explored ways that it could be done. I’m very optimistic.” 


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