Boxing: According to Bob Arum, Vasiliy Lomachenko will prove lightweight superiority to earn a battle with George Kambosos Jr. in Australia

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Source: Skysports

Boxing: According to his promoter Bob Arum, Vasiliy Lomachenko will demonstrate his brilliance in a crowded lightweight class before heading to Australia to face George Kambosos Jr.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, the enigmatic Lomachenko takes against Richard Commey, knowing that a decisive victory would place him in line to face the division’s new champion.

With a win, this weekend, Top Rank promoter Arum believes Lomachenko will become a mandatory challenger to Kambosos: “Loma is No 1 with the WBC and the WBO.”

Teofimo Lopez was stunned by Australian Kambosos, who won three major lightweight championships a year after Lopez defeated Lomachenko in a battle of equivalent importance.

In a booming scene, WBC champion Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis, and Ryan Garcia are all chasing the division’s new No. 1.

But, according to Arum, Lomachenko will stay ahead of the field in the race to battle Kambosos: “I believe it will occur.

“Kambosos will fight Lomachenko in Australia if he makes a voluntary defence.

“In Australia, I promoted fights. It’s an excellent location for brawls. They have a sizable fan base that would warmly welcome Lomachenko.

“I am optimistic that Loma will be back fighting for titles by the end of next year.”

In 2017, Arum and Dean Lonergan co-promoted the world welterweight title fight in Brisbane, when Jeff Horn defeated Manny Pacquaio.

The 51,000-strong crowd was the largest in a stadium throughout Pacquiao’s storied career, and it made athletic history in Australia.

According to Lonergan, who spoke to Sky Sports, “George Kambosos is without a doubt Australia’s top sporting celebrity right now.

“He just landed in Sydney airport, and it seems that every major television channel, every big news organisation, and he’s been bombarded with media across social and digital media over the past week and a half, so there’s no doubt Kambosos has made a huge splash.

“In Australian sport, I’m not sure anyone has ever done what he’s done. It’s a very remarkable feat.

“How would you rate him? He is, without a doubt, the hottest athlete in Australia right now. Where does he stand in comparison to the others who have come before him? The only way to know for sure is to wait and see.

“The most important thing for George to accomplish if he wants to become a household brand in Australia is to defend these titles against a big name and win. Australians will adore him if he continues to win.

“The NRL, AFL, and cricket have the most famous players. These are Australia’s three major sports.

“If you did a name recognition test on Kambosos a month ago, I believe only 1% of Australians would have heard of him. Do you wish to learn the names of Australian athletes like Kambosos right now? I believe that 99 percent of people have heard of him. He’s been all over the place.

“He’s been the talk of Australian sport and, without a doubt, the talk of Sydney.”

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