Oleksandr Usyk Cleared To Train For Joshua Rematch; Vasiliy Lomachenko Will Stay In Ukraine, Devin Haney Now Pursued For Kambosos Fight
UPDATE (March 22, 2022 5:16 PM ET): Oleksandr Usyk was permitted by the Ukrainian Sports Minister to leave the war and begin training camp for a summer rematch against Anthony Joshua, ESPN’s Mike Coppinger reported. But it is unclear if he will do so or not.
Vasiliy Lomachenko is not leaving Ukraine.
The former lightweight champion will not leave the war-torn country to train for the rumored June 5 fight against George Kambosos Jr in Melbourne, Australia, Lomachenko’s manager Egis Klimas told Kambosos’ promoter Lou DiBella, Boxing Scene reported.
“But Egis confirmed today that he’s gonna stay in the Ukraine. We commend him,” DiBella said.
“We think the fight he’s fighting is much bigger than boxing. And our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, and with the Ukrainian people. What they’re going through obviously is far more significant than any boxing match.”
As a result, WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney has been offered an undisputed title fight with Kambosos in Australia, ESPN reported.
Lomachenko was calling for a title shot at the titles he once held before Russia invaded his home country, Ukraine. He was in Greece when the invasion happened but returned to support military efforts by joining a territorial defense.
Fellow countrymen and heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk joined the Kyiv territorial defense after returning home from London.
Over the weekend, Lomachenko’s promoter Bob Arum revealed that the Ukrainian government permitted Lomachenko and Usyk to leave Ukraine to train for their respective fights.
Usyk is scheduled for a contracted rematch against former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who he defeated in September 2021. It’s unclear if he’ll choose to leave Ukraine to train.
Lomachenko is coming off a defining win over Richard Commey via unanimous decision in December 2021. Since that win, the Ukrainian star had been calling for another chance at the lightweight title belts.