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Vasily Lomachenko beats Australia’s George Kambosos in world title fight: ‘He deserves the belt’


The future of George Kambosos Jr is up in the air after the Australian suffered a technical knockout loss to Ukraine’s Vasily Lomachenko in their IBF world lightweight title fight in Perth.

Lomachenko controlled Sunday’s bout in front of 14,147 fans from start to finish, the fight being stopped with 21 seconds left in the 11th round after Kambosos suffered a blow in the corner.

Kambosos hit the deck seconds earlier after a powerful hook to the body.

When the referee resumed the fight, Lomachenko finished the job with a flurry of punches.

Vasily Lomachenko outclassed George Kambosos en route to an IBF world title in Perth

The Ukrainian boxing legend was awarded the victory with 21 seconds left in the 11th round

The Ukrainian boxing legend was awarded the victory with 21 seconds left in the 11th round

Kambosos rose to international fame in 2021 when he won the IBF, WBA and WBO lightweight belts from the amazing Teofimo Lopez at Madison Square Garden.

But back-to-back losses to Devin Haney – combined with last year’s unconvincing and controversial win over Maxi Hughes – meant Sunday’s fight against Lomachenko was either a blowout or not.

The devastating nature of the defeat leaves 30-year-old Kambosos wondering where to go next.

«This guy is one of the best ever,» Kambosos said after the game.

“We tried our best, but he is a good champion. He deserves that belt. I gave it my all.

“I’m still alive, I’m still standing. I’m not dead.’

There was plenty of pre-match drama, with the pair engaging in a three-minute staredown on Thursday and a lengthy replay expected at Saturday’s weigh-ins.

After a cautious start to the bout, Lomachenko landed some crucial head shots after trapping Kambosos in the corner.

Kambosos said his opponent deserved the belt and told the crowd he tried his best

Kambosos said his opponent deserved the belt and told the crowd he tried his best

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Lomachenko outscored the Aussie by a 175-40 margin, according to Compubox statistics

Lomachenko outscored the Aussie by a margin of 175-40 according to Compubox statistics

Lomachenko landed a few more key punches late in the second round as Kambosos responded with a flurry of punches that failed to land.

Kambosos landed a few more greedy shots in the third round, but at least got some back late in the round.

The fourth round was particularly brutal for Kambosos as he wore a series of powerful jabs and left hooks from Lomachenko.

Kambosos momentarily rocked Lomachenko in the sixth with a powerful jab, but it was a fleeting moment in a bout the Ukrainian controlled.

Lomachenko’s powerful left hook left Kambosos with blood gushing from near his right eye in the eighth round and the onslaught continued, leaving the Australian a bloody mess by the end of the ninth.

Whether Kambosos could see the fight was the main question from that point on, and Lomachenko gave an emphatic answer in a brutal 11th round.



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