George Kambosos Jr. Reveals His 2022 Plans, Targets Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis, and More

Published 01/12/2022, 8:30 AM EST


‘Ferocious’ George Kambosos Jr. shook the entire lightweight division by taking over Teofimo Lopez for the WBC (franchise), WBA (super), WBO, and IBF world titles in November 2021. Following a 12-round war, Kambosos Jr. advanced his unbeaten record to 20-0, becoming the new unified lightweight champion. Meanwhile, he doesn’t intend to slow down his pace this year.

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The Australian star is not willing to take a warm-up bout and wants to match himself against the A-listers straight away. All he wants is to host the fight in Australia, amid his own countrymen. The champion recently sat with FOX Sports and addressed several things about his ongoing career. There, he picked up names for his next fights.

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George Kambosos Jr. said, “I wouldn’t be true to myself if I sucked the crowd and said, ‘I’m coming back for an easy fight.’ What for? I’m coming for the big names, and we are in negotiations with everybody. I love the Haney fight, the Lomachenko fight, ‘Tank’ as well.”

The champion also took Ryan Garcia’s name and wanted to see him return and then have plans regarding a scrap with the youngster. While Kambosos Jr. now has most of the world titles, he is in a position to make his calls at will. Else, the lightweight division didn’t let him come close to the championship race for several years.

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After beating Teofimo Lopez, Kambosos Jr. called out Devin Haney, which ‘The Dream’ accepted verbally. Haney also vanquished Joseph Diaz after that and retained his WBC belt in style. It makes sense to see the pair collide in 2022 in an undisputed lightweight championship, which can be a high-profile stellar fight of this time.

George Kambosos Jr. is truly the lightweight kingpin now

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Before beating Teofimo Lopez, Kambosos Jr. was nowhere in the top-tier slot. The division, which was filled with superstar fighters, didn’t consider ‘Ferocious’ as the best in the slot. In his bout against Lopez, Kambosos Jr. was also looked down on as an underdog. However, he defied the odds and shocked everyone by offering his best side.

He unleashed a violent game plan and left Lopez’s face bruised up in the blood. Although the fight lasted for all 12 rounds, Kambosos Jr. did enough to secure his win on the scorecard. Well, he is truly at the top now, and having retained his undefeated record, Kambosos Jr. shall expect only blockbuster fights from this point.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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