Vasiliy Lomachenko wants to fight George Kambosos Jnr next, says Top Rank’s Todd DuBoef: ‘He wants his titles back’ | Boxing News

Vasiliy Lomachenko reached out to George Kambosos Jnr to discuss a fight to rightly decide the lightweight division number 1, says Top Rank president Todd DuBoef.

Lomachenko shone in such a dominant performance over Richard Commey that he refused to pursue a knockout and instead signaled his opponent’s coach to withdraw their man from the fight.

He had lost three world titles to Teofimo Lopez, who in his first defense, had snatched them away in a shock defeat from Kambosos Jnr.

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George Kambosos Jnr is the new lightweight number 1

Top Rank’s DuBoef, who promotes Lomachenko, said of the pursuit of Kambosos Jnr: “Lomachenko has made it very clear for us, and for his team, that it is the fight he would like.

“We are amicably looking to discuss with them for a meeting in the first half of next year.”

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum previously told Sky Sports “I think it will happen” and insisted that Lomachenko would travel to Kambosos Jnr’s hometown of Australia.

“I am optimistic that in the end of [2022], we will have Loma again to fight for the titles, ”Arum said.

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Lomachenko dismantled Masayoshi Nakatani

Dean Lonergan, the Australian promoter who worked alongside Top Rank to stage Manny Pacquiao against Jeff Horn in Brisbane, said: “The key thing for George is that if he wants to become a giant in Australia, what he has to do. it’s defending these titles against a big name and winning. If he keeps winning, the Aussies will love him. “

Lomachenko of Ukraine is a three-weight world champion who was rated among the world’s elite boxers prior to his surprise defeat to Lopez.

It has since bounced back with two impressive wins.

Lomachenko is 33 in a division of younger rivals – Kambosos Jnr, Lopez, Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia – but hasn’t shown any signs of letting up yet.

Theofimo Lopez
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Kambosos Jnr inflicted a loss of shock points on Teofimo Lopez

“Lomachenko is the symbol of many things in sport,” DuBoef said. “He was aggressively matched: he came out of the amateurs right away and fought for a world title [in his second fight].

“He doesn’t see a setback as his value goes down. He looks at it as a re-set to move forward.

“He came back with two brilliant wins and never says no to any opponent.

“He wants his titles back.”

Lomachenko’s most recent victory produced a unique moment: after knocking Commey down heavily, he then signaled his rival’s corner to end the fight.

When they let Commey continue, Lomachenko chose to win by unanimous decision.

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Watch the unique way Lomachenko beat Commey

“Lomachenko is a special individual,” DuBoef said. “He is incredibly gifted in terms of talent.

“When he hurt Commey, he didn’t want to go on. He sought help from the referee.

“It was a sign of showmanship and class. He never shot Commey hard at the head.

“He had an incredible observation of the pitch and his opponent.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: Richard Commey (L) and Vasiliy Lomachenko (R) exchange punches during their fight for the WBO Intercontinental Lightweight Championship at Madison Square Garden on December 11, 2021 in New York City.  (Photo by Mikey Williams / Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)
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Lomachenko aims to win back his world titles

“Look at his steps – he doesn’t miss a beat. Look at his hands – they are in sync.

“It’s as fluid as anything else.

“He’ll be around for a while. Then he’s going to be the kind of guy who goes – and really goes.”

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