George Kambosos may want to double check where he last left his passport.
The united lightweight champion from Australia has repeatedly stated that he would like nothing more than to see his first title defense take place in a stadium in his home country. That fight would serve as a homecoming in honor of his upset win over Teofimo Lopez last November at Madison Square Garden in New York City to become the WBA/WBO/IBF/WBC Franchise Lightweight Champion.
But in a sport where the bottom line is often all that matters, Kambosos – whose last three fights have taken place on foreign soil – could once again find themselves under his gloves.
According to promoter Eddie Hearn, who is promoting WBC lightweight titlist Devin Haney, a potential opponent for Kambosos, the Matchroom Boxing head is currently working on a strong offer from the Middle East for an all-lightweight fight between the two fighters there. to organise.
“We’ve had an offer from the Middle East for Devin Haney vs. Kambosos,” Hearn said on the DAZN Boxing Show. “This is one that we’re on our way to, where we’re getting a solid offer.”
Hearn has a history of working with business entities in the Middle East. Most famously, he staged the 2019 rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
Ultimately, though, it’s up to Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) and his team – promoter Lou DiBella and manager Peter Kahn – to decide whether or not he really wants to travel to the land of the dunes to defend his titles. After all, Las Vegas-based Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) is far from Kambosos’ only option. Vasiliy Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs), the former linchpin of the lightweight division, is another alluring opportunity for the Aussie. Lomachenko’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, stated that the Ukrainian would have no problem traveling to Australia to meet Kambosos. In 2017, Arum co-promoted the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn WBO Welterweight title bout in Brisbane in front of a crowd of 51,000.
But Hearn believes a Kambosos-Haney should be prioritized as the winner will finally clear up the confusion – no less sown by the WBC – that has surrounded the ‘undisputed’ designation in the division.
“For me, it’s the only fight in the division,” Hearn said. “I know that Top Rank is talking about Lomachenko against Kambosos. We must close this undisputed situation. We need to know who the real champion is. It’s a natural fight. Haney against Kambosos is a brilliant fight.
“We can do it in Australia on Sunday; we can do it in United Arab Emirates. We can do it in America; Devin Haney is ready to go for that fight. He doesn’t praise himself.”