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Vasiliy Lomachenko and George Kambosos Face-off for IBF Lightweight Title on May 11 in Australia

In an eagerly anticipated showdown, Vasiliy Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs) and George Kambosos Jr. (21-2, 10 KOs) are set to battle for the vacant IBF lightweight title at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. The fight, scheduled for May 11, will be broadcast live on ESPN in the United States at 10 p.m. ET.


Lomachenko, a former three-division titleholder, expressed excitement about the upcoming challenge. “I am looking forward to giving the people of Perth a great fight,” he stated. The Ukrainian fighter had initially been in talks with Kambosos following the latter’s upset victory over Teofimo Lopez in November 2021. However, Lomachenko withdrew from negotiations due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops.


Kambosos, hailing from Sydney, Australia, is eager for the showdown and sees it as an opportunity to cement his boxing legacy. At 30 years old, Kambosos acknowledges the significance of facing the legendary Lomachenko and aims for victory. His victory over Maxi Hughes in July 2021 fueled the anticipation for a clash with Lomachenko.


Lou DiBella, Kambosos’s co-promoter alongside Top Rank, believes in his fighter’s abilities. “George Kambosos is one of the best lightweights in the world. Loma is a legend. He is also an aging and smaller legend. George Kambosos has never been more hungry and has the chance to climb the mountain again,” said DiBella.


Online betting outlets currently favor Lomachenko, but Kambosos remains undeterred. Top Rank chairman Bob Arum acknowledges the significance of the bout, labeling it the most significant boxing match ever to take place in Perth.


The card, headlined by Lomachenko and Kambosos, promises a clash of styles and a historic event for Australian boxing. The Western Australian Government’s support has been crucial in bringing this monumental event to fruition. The undercard details are yet to be announced, but the anticipation for this lightweight title showdown is already building.


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