Via Sean Jones: Vasyl Lomachenko is said to be seeking permission to leave the war zone in Ukraine to train for a match against undisputed lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr on June 5 in Melbourne, Australia.
Former third-place world champion Lomachenko recently joined the territorial defense battalion to help defend Ukraine against the Russian invasion.
Lomachenko (February 16, 11 KO) will need permission from Ukrainian government officials to leave the country; however, since they are at war with Russia, they require all males between the ages of 18 and 60 to defend the country.
Ukraine is a smaller country than Russia, and its army is not large in size or armed anywhere.
The idea was for Lomachenko to leave Ukraine to train for eight weeks for the fight with the undefeated Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs). After that, Lomachenko will probably return to Ukraine and continue defending his country.
For him given an exception to leave at this point, it could be difficult. Given the ongoing war situation, a lot could change in two months if Lomachenko stays in the country that long, joining a fight against the Kambosos.
If Lomachenko is not allowed to leave Ukraine, WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney will be one of the options, which Kambosos promoter Lou DiBella will consider for his June 5 bout.
Haney’s boxing fans feel that he should be fighting Kambosos because he holds the WBC belt, and they believe he won the shot.
With that said, it makes more sense for the financial picture for Kambosos to have an easy voluntary defense against one of the last providers in the rankings.
Another option is that Kambosos will face Ryan Garcia next if he wins the April 9 game against Emmanuel Tagoe.
Ryan (21-0.18 KOs) has a much larger fan base than Haney (27-0.15 KOs) and can market the Kambosos fight to his 8.7 million Instagram followers and 1, 16 million subscribers on YouTube.
There is no question that Kambosos will face Ryan Garcia if Lomachenko cannot leave Ukraine.
Haney fans won’t be happy if Kambosos takes on Ryan, but you can’t blame him if he decides to make that move.
If this is the only chance that Kambosos has to establish a life for himself and his family and make millions, he shouldn’t feel obligated to fight Haney for less money just for the sake of him and his fans. His grave wants that fight.
Naturally, if the Kambosos has the talent Lomachenko possesses and is seen as someone who will be at the top for many years, it would make sense to go up against Haney.
However, that is not the case. To be fair, Kambosos is an accidental champion, a boxer who wouldn’t be a four-belt champion today if it weren’t for Teofimo Lopez’s injury, rust, and possibly weight loss last November. when two people fight.
“It’s a very unique, personal, emotional situation, and I don’t think we can really understand what’s going on there and what’s going on in the minds of those with involved there,” Haney promoter Eddie Hearn told ESPN.