Vasiliy Lomachenko ‘Clear Front-Runner’ To Face George Kambosos Jr In June

UPDATE (Feb. 15, 2022, 5:31 PM ET): Vasiliy Lomachenko has agreed to his side of a deal for a fight, Kambosos has yet to agree.

George Kambosos Jr (20-0, 10 KOs) will return in the summer to defend his newly acquired belts.

ESPN’s Mike Coppinger reported Tuesday afternoon that the four-belt lightweight champion will make his first title defense against an opponent to be determined on June 5 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, his home country.

“Sources: George Kambosos is slated to make first defense of undisputed lightweight championship on June 5 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. June 5 is a Sunday which allows for prime-time U.S., telecast on June 4. Fight expected against Vasiliy Lomachenko or Devin Haney,” Coppinger tweeted.

“Vasiliy Lomachenko the clear front-runner, per sources, but Devin Haney in contention.”

Kambosos has been the most wanted man in the lightweight division ever since nabbing a major upset victory over former unified champion Teofimo Lopez. The fight, which was delayed several times due to issues with Triller, who was originally supposed to promote the bout, ended up being one of the biggest shocking wins of 2021.

Since then, the top contenders of the lightweight division have shifted their eyes to Kambosos including names like WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) and former unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs).

Haney and Lomachenko are reportedly frontrunners in the matchup.

Haney won the vacant WBC interim lightweight belt in 2019 over Zaur Abdullaev and has made four successful defenses since then. His most recent was a unanimous decision win against Joseph Diaz.

Lomachenko has picked up two wins since losing his lightweight titles to then-underdog Lopez in 2020. His recent victory was over Richard Commey by unanimous decision, making a case for his title shot.

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