In a boxing extravaganza set to unfold under the starlit skies of Perth, Australia, former unified world champion George Kambosos Jr. is gearing up for a colossal showdown against the Ukrainian maestro Vasiliy Lomachenko. The prize at stake? The coveted IBF lightweight world title, a belt both warriors are hungry to secure in their relentless pursuit of boxing glory.
Promoted by a collaboration of powerhouses including DiBella Entertainment, Top Rank, Ferocious Promotions, TEG Sport, and Duco Events, the event promises not only the thrilling main event but also the anticipation of two more world title fights, adding to the grandeur of the night. Set to be broadcast in prime time in the United States on Saturday, May 11, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, fight fans across the globe are eagerly awaiting this historic clash, which will be available live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+.
In an exclusive statement to RING Magazine, Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment, expressed the gravity of the upcoming bout, saying,
“George Kambosos is one of the best lightweights in the world. Loma is a legend. He is also an aging and smaller legend. George Kambosos has never been more hungry and has the chance to climb the mountain again. It’s going to be a great fight and a huge event in Perth.”
The clash of these two titans is a testament to the unpredictable nature of the sport. Vasiliy Lomachenko, a three-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, has etched his name in boxing history with a dazzling display of skill and prowess. Despite facing a size disadvantage in the lightweight division, Lomachenko has overcome formidable opponents like Jorge Linares, Jose Pedraza, and Luke Campbell to become a three-belt unified champion.
Lomachenko’s journey took an unexpected turn in 2020 when he suffered a points loss to Teofimo Lopez. However, he rebounded with three consecutive wins, showcasing his resilience and unwavering determination. Notably, he even joined a territorial defense battalion during the Russia-Ukraine war, underscoring his commitment to his homeland.
On the opposite side of the ring stands George Kambosos Jr., the Australian fighting emperor, whose ascent in the lightweight ranks has been nothing short of spectacular. After an impressive victory over Lee Selby in October 2020, Kambosos orchestrated the 2021 Upset of the Year by defeating Teofimo Lopez to claim the unified world championship. Although he faced setbacks in subsequent bouts against Devin Haney, Kambosos remains undeterred, securing another shot at world title glory with a victory over Maxi Hughes in July 2023.
Bob Arum, Chairman of Top Rank, spoke highly of both fighters, stating,
“Vasiliy Lomachenko is among the most electrifying fighters I’ve ever seen, a physical marvel still at the top of his game. We’ve seen George Kambosos Jr. upset the odds before, and he is a warrior that cannot be underestimated. This is a fascinating clash of styles that marks the most significant boxing match ever to take place in the beautiful city of Perth.”
As the date draws near for this epic encounter at RAC Arena in Perth, the anticipation among boxing enthusiasts is palpable. Two pugilistic gladiators, each with their unique journey and aspirations, will step into the ring, and only one will emerge victorious with the IBF lightweight world title securely strapped around their waist. It’s a battle that transcends borders, a true clash of titans that will undoubtedly etch its place in the annals of boxing history. May 12, 2024, is poised to become a night that fight fans will remember for years to come.