Kambosos: Lomachenko Has Lost His Edge

George Kambosos Jr. has questioned Vasiliy Lomachenko’s motivation before their vacant IBF Lightweight Title fight this weekend. 

The belt was freed after Devin Haney vacated and moved to 140. Both men have faced Haney, as they came out second best. Kambosos lost his Unified Lightweight Titles in consecutive losses as Haney became undisputed. The Australian bounced back with an unconvincing win over Maxi Hughes in his last fight. Lomachenko also came up short against Haney, losing a controversial decision. Many felt the Ukrainian had been deprived of becoming undisputed. Lomachenko took the rest of 2023 off as he prepares to face Kambosos, who doubts his opponent’s hunger. 

“A 100 percent Lomachenko has a lot left in the tank. But I don’t believe he has that dog inside of him anymore. I don’t think he wants it as bad as I do right now. You can never overlook a guy like Lomachenko. I’d be the biggest idiot if I were to do that. Lomachenko is an all-time great and a guy we have a lot of respect for. We are preparing for the best version of Lomachenko. Once that bell rings, the respect is out the door and it’s time to do the job,” Kambosos said

As we have reported, Lomachenko admitted that retirement is on his mind. The three-division champion has possible unfication fights against the WBC champion Shakur Stevenson and the WBA champion Gervonta Davis if he beats Kambosos. But since those fighters are in their prime, will Lomachenko want to take those fights? Kambosos also revealed that he had extra motivation to recapture the form that saw him get an upset win over Teofimo Lopez in 2021. Fighting in front of a home crowd will help him do that.

“I’m very explosive and dynamic. I fear no man. I step to the best. My resume speaks for itself. I want a tough action fight. I want a brawl. This is exciting and motivating, against a fighter I’ve admired and manifested fighting. The atmosphere is going to be incredible,” Kambosos added

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