George Kambosos won’t be combating Vasiliy Lomachenko right after all.
Lomachenko had agreed to a offer previous thirty day period for a fight with Kambosos on June 5 in Melbourne, Australia, but the two-time Olympic gold medalist has elected to keep on being in Ukraine with his loved ones somewhat than go away the region for education camp, Kambosos’ promoter Lou DiBella explained to ESPN on Monday.
Lomachenko, 34, is a member of a territorial defense battalion in Ukraine doing work a protection depth on the border throughout the war, which commenced previous month when Russia invaded. Less than martial regulation in Ukraine, males aged 18 to 60 and considered match to serve are barred from leaving the region, but initiatives have been becoming created to allow elite athletes to depart.
“How can any individual dilemma, the battle he’s going via ideal now is a lot even larger than any boxing match,” DiBella claimed. “We created a offer with him, the deal was practically completed before the invasion, we required to give him any opportunity inside of purpose with our allowable timetable.
“We have practically nothing but the utmost regard for his decision. Kambosos preferred to make sure after we produced that deal that Lomachenko had sufficient time to determine. … We said all along we would attempt to make the most important fights and we did that nowadays.”
Devin Haney, in the meantime, on Monday was once again available the undisputed lightweight title struggle with Kambosos on June 5 at Marvel Stadium, resources explained to ESPN. Haney, 23, has pushed for the bout but waited in the wings as Prepare B soon after Lomachenko agreed to a deal. The offer Haney was supplied is similar to the one Lomachenko accepted, sources reported.
“You were provided [the fight] months in the past & you performed close to,” Kambosos tweeted at Haney. “In the meantime the good gentleman Vasiliy Lomachenko manufactured it extremely uncomplicated to do just about anything to make it occur & it was a accomplished offer. But Loma now has a larger battle [at the moment] which I completely respect so let’s see how significantly of your phrase is accurate.”
Haney (27-, 15 KOs) owns the WBC lightweight title even though Kambosos is the WBC’s franchise winner. The Australian also owns the other 3 main 135-pound titles and is identified by several as the undisputed light-weight winner. If Kambosos and Haney combat every single other, there can be no discussion any more time.
“The WBO had manufactured it incredibly clear that it would strip George Kambosos Jr. if he had been to combat any person other than the required, Vasiliy Lomacheko,” Kambosos’ supervisor, Peter Kahn, told ESPN. “George did not want to relinquish any of the belts and hence was going to … combat the required. In his mind he was generally going to acquire and then would transfer on to battle Devin Haney.
“Indeed, there have been other components at perform regarding the bargains that have been introduced but it also served an additional goal, which is to hold the belts intact.”
Kambosos (20-, 10 KOs) gained the titles with a split-final decision victory in excess of Teofimo Lopez in November in ESPN’s Upset of the Calendar year. Kambosos, 28, was dropped in the opening round of the slugfest but rebounded to ground Lopez in Spherical 10. He was subsequently rated No. 1 at 135 kilos by ESPN.
Lomachenko, a previous 3-division champion, shed his unified championship to Lopez in Oct 2020. He fought with a torn rotator cuff and underwent operation to repair the shoulder next the bout. Considering that then, he has won two consecutive bouts: a ninth-spherical TKO of Masayoshki Nakatani in June followed by a unanimous-final decision victory more than Richard Commey in December.
Haney, who fights out of Las Vegas, broke out in 2021 with conclusion wins above former champions Jorge Linares and Joseph Diaz Jr.