The story of who George Kambosos Jr may face in the first defence of his lightweight titles may be coming to an end.
Last November the Australian thrillingly won the WBA, IBF and WBO belts from Teofimo Lopez in New York to become the most wanted man in the division. Devin Haney, the WBC titlist, was ringside and post-fight there appeared to be a mild verbal agreement that they would fight one another. After months of negotiations, Twitter spats and a new horse in the race the American may have finally landed the shot at Kambosos.
Vasiliy Lomachenko, who has decided to stay in Ukraine to help defend his country in their fight against the barbaric Russian invasion, has left the door wide open for Devin Haney. ESPN’s Mike Coppinger reported that an offer was sent on Monday from Kambosos’ promoter Lou DiBella for the 23-year-old to travel to Australia and fight the three-belt champion in an undisputed lightweight title fight on June 5.
Lomachenko had agreed a deal to face Kambosos in June but has now withdrawn which has rightly brought worldwide respect for the 34-year-old.
“The fight he’s going through right now is much bigger than any boxing match. We have nothing but the utmost respect for his decision. We said all along we would try to make the biggest fights and we did that today (Monday),” DiBella told ESPN.
Despite there being an offer on the table for Haney the disagreements on social media between himself and Kambosos have continued. Fingers crossed the clicking of the keyboard stops and the fighting begins for the undisputed lightweight championship of the world.