Lomachenko Manager on Kambosos Fight: I have a very good feeling the fight is going to happen
Egis Klimas is convinced that his protege Vasiliy Lomachenko will have the opportunity to regain his lightweight belts in a few months.
Lomachenko, the former unified lightweight champion, would be the favorite to face three-belt Australian champion George Kambosos in Australia.
Klimas, the Ukrainian wonderkid’s longtime manager, confirmed the chatter.
“I have a very good feeling that the fight is going to be between Lomachenko and Kambosos,” Klimas said on The 3 Knockdown Rule. “We’re talking about a two-fight deal right now, including if Lomachenko wins, to do a rematch. I know of some interest from the Australian government.
For a while, it appeared that WBC lightweight titleholder Devin Haney was leading the race to win the fight against Kambosos. But as Kambosos promoter Lou DiBella told BoxingScene.com last week, the Aussie had “given up” the fight against Haney, citing lowball offers from Haney’s team, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn and DAZN.
If the deal is done between Kambosos and Lomachenko, Klimas believes the fight will happen in early summer.
“We talked about dates,” Klimas said. I do not know. Hard to say for now. Late May, June, somewhere in this area.
ESPN’s Mike Coppinger reported that the fight is scheduled for June 5 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne and Lomachenko has already agreed to the deal. The date and time of the fight, according to Coppinger, will allow ESPN to air the fight in prime time on Saturday night. Lomachenko is promoted by Top Rank Inc., which is the exclusive boxing content provider for ESPN.
Klimas added that once the fight is signed, Lomachenko will immediately travel to Australia to begin his training camp instead of hosting him from his usual location in California. The reason is that Lomachenko wants to avoid any potential COVID-19 related travel bans and restrictions that could jeopardize the fight. By being in Australia, this risk is removed.
“[Lomachenko is] not only eager to go to Australia, [he’s] Ready to Relocate [there] doing a camp in Australia a few months before,” Klimas said. This way we can guarantee that the fight is going [because] the country can be opened and then closed. Let’s say the fight is in May, in March Lomachenko will be in Australia preparing for the fight.
“We have no reason not to go, including the rematch.”
A Kambosos-Lomachenko fight would see Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) buckle up the belts that were once in his possession. Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) won all three lightweight titles (WBA/WBO/IBF) after defeating Teofimo Lopez last November by split decision at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City. Lopez, in turn, won those belts from Lomachenko in their title fight in October 2020.