George Kambosos Jr is set to return to action following his two consecutive defeats to Devin Haney to take on IBO champion, Maxi Hughes, this July.
‘Ferocious’ Kambosos won the unified lightweight titles in 2021, defeating Teofimo Lopez in a shock victory and etching his name into the history of Australian boxing.
He then fought Devin Haney in an attempt to become the first undisputed lightweight champion of the four-belt era, but was unsuccessful in his efforts, as well as a rematch, losing both by unanimous decision.
Meanwhile, Maxi Hughes is well known on the British domestic scene, originally campaigning as a super-featherweight but finding greater success in the lightweight division.
The 33-year-old is currently on a seven-fight win streak, in which time he has won the British title and the IBO world title, defeating former featherweight world champion, Kid Galahad, most recently.
British Boxing News reports that the pair will meet in an eliminator for IBF title, with the victor moving into the #2 spot in the IBF rankings, with Kambosos currently ranked seventh whilst Hughes is eighth.
The Aussie all-but-confirmed these rumours in a recent interview with Fight Hype, revealing his intentions of bouncing back from defeat with a statement victory over the Yorkshireman.
“I’m very focused on Maxi Hughes,”
“I’m very motivated to make a good statement to show that we aren’t going anywhere. Just cause I took a loss to one guy, doesn’t mean that all of a sudden I’m done, I’m finished.”
Although a date is yet to be confirmed for the clash, it is reported that Hughes will travel to Las Vegas in his biggest test to date, to take on Kambosos in July. They are expected to headline a Top Rank card that will be available to watch on ESPN for those in the United States, with no UK broadcaster confirmed as of yet.