Kambosos: I’ll dethrone Lopez in Australia

An ultra-confident George Kambosos firmly believes he can topple unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez if their anticipated showdown takes place in his native Australia next year.

Aussie Kambosos became the IBF’s mandatory contender with a points win over Lee Selby in October and talks are already underway for a fight with Honduran-American Lopez Down Under in either April or May 2021.

Lopez dethroned pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko earlier that same month to underline his status as one of boxing’s premier fighters. But Kambosos believes he has Lopez’s number.

“It’s a mega event,” Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) told The Age. “Hopefully, we can do 50,000 or 60,000 [fans] somewhere in Australia. I think it’s bigger than [Manny] Pacquiao-[Jeff] Horn.

“It makes so much business sense. It makes sense to maximise the opportunities in Australia, given how well we’ve coped with this terrible virus. It’s just a fantastic event. Pac-Horn showed it can work. Coming out of a pandemic, what better way to give back when you have Kambosos chasing greatness to win not one, not two, not three, but four world titles.

“Everyone is on the same page, from us to Teofimo Lopez to his father to Bob Arum. Everybody is on the same page and striving to make this happen for hopefully April next year.

“I’m ready. I truly believe I can beat this guy and I will beat this guy. I’ve shown my class and I’m just getting better and better. He’ll be shocked with my speed and my movement. Lomachenko barely threw a punch in seven rounds. We all saw it. With 50,000 Aussies behind me, I’ll be on him straight away.”