Via Brian Webber: George Kambosos Jr tasted defeat for the second time last Saturday night at the hands of Devin Haney at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
Although the match was supposed to be more competitive than the first, Kambosos lost by worse scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 118-110 respectively.
Kambosos says this is not the end for him, but it could very well be when it comes to fighting for world titles. He had the Cinderella moment in his career and now he’s back to the way he was. Essentially a bottom-level candidate NOT a top-level one.
Despite Kambosos’ upbeat mood after the battle, the loss may have destroyed what was left of his confidence and ambition.
At his post-match press conference, Kambosos revealed that he will be taking a break from boxing and that he will return around the same time next year. In other words, Kambosos will take a year off from boxing.
It wouldn’t be surprising if the one year that Kambosos is talking about taking off could stretch to two or even three years. But even if he doesn’t, he probably won’t be as lucky again fighting an ailing champion as he did when he beat Teofimo Lopez in 2021.
Kambosos said at the post-match press conference that he believes he can beat “not at all“Of the other 135-pound athletes in the division. When Kambosos says “any”, it shows that he thinks he can beat these killers:
“Rest is the most important thing, and at the same time next year, I will be back,” George Kambosos Jr said at post-fight press conference last Saturday.
“I am fierce; I’m still 29. Like I said, this guy is a top boxer in the world, if not taller. I came up with a great account for myself.
“Any other 135 of these, we can deliver a great action battle, and I’m very confident that I can beat all of these guys too,‘ said Kambosos.
Kambosos fights 5 champions in a row
George Kambosos Sr. “We also have to remember that he fought the former world champion, Mickey Bey, at Madison Square Garden.
“He played against the former world champion, Lee Selby, in England. He continued to fight Lopez, whom no one wanted to fight, and George turned the world upside down as a 13-to-1 underdog.
Then we have the choice of what to do. Is that Lomachenko or Devin Haney? We took Devin Haney. We could have gone away from it. We took Devin Haney. We have a rematch with Devin Haney. That’s five consecutive champions, and in boxing, that doesn’t happen often.
George Kambosos always told me, and he told Lou [DiBella], ‘I don’t just fight anyone. I want to fight the best. ‘ Credit to him, mate. You fought the best, and you will return to fight the best. It’s as simple as that.
“That’s five boys in a row from 2019 to 2022. That’s a big, big statement right there,” said Kambosos Sr.