By Brian Webber: George Kambosos Jr suffered his second defeat last Saturday night at the hands of Devin Haney at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
Although the fight was more competitive than the first, Kambosos lost with scores of 119-109, 118-110, and 118-110.
Kambosos said that this is not the end, but it is possible when it comes to fighting for the World Cup. He had a Cinderella moment in his career, and now he’s back to what he used to be. Basically, a down-to-earth candidate and NOT a top shelf guy.
Despite Kambosos’ positive feelings after the fight, the loss may have destroyed what was left of his self-esteem and ambition.
At the press conference after the fight, Kambosos stated that he will take a break from boxing, and will be back at the same time next year. In other words, Kambosos will take a year off from boxing.
It will not be surprising if the one year that Kambosos is talking about will be two or three years. But even if that doesn’t happen, he probably won’t get lucky again by fighting an ailing champion like he did when he defeated Teofimo Lopez in 2021.
Kambosos said in the press conference after the fight that he believed he could beat him “some” of the other 135-pounders in the division. When Kambosos says “everyone,” it shows that he thinks he can beat these killers:
“Rest is the most important thing, too at the same time next year, I will be back,” George Kambosos Jr said at the press conference after the fight last Saturday.
“I am Great; I’m still 29 years old. Like I said, this guy is the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world, if not the greatest. I gave myself a great account.
“Any one of those 135s, we can bring a big fight, too I am confident that I can beat all these guys,” said Kambosos.
Kambosos fought with five champions in a row
“We also remember that he fought the former world champion, Mickey Bey, at Madison Square Garden,” said George Kambosos Sr.
“He fought the former world champion, Lee Selby, in Great Britain. He went on to fight Lopez, the guy nobody wanted to fight, and George upset the world as a 13-to-1 underdog.
Then we chose what to do. Lomachenko or Devin Haney? We took Devin Haney. We should have stayed away from her. We took Devin Haney. We rematch Devin Haney. That’s five wins in a row, and in boxing, that doesn’t happen often.
George Kambosos always tells me, and he tells Lou [DiBella], ‘I’m not just fighting with anyone. I want to fight better.’ Kudos to him, friend. You have fought the best fight, and you will return for the best fight. It’s as simple as that.
“These are five people in a row over 2019 to 2022. This is a big statement here,” said Kambosos Sr.