Boxer George Kambosos is vowing to reign for years to come after being crowned the world lightweight champion.
The self-proclaimed ‘Emperor’, 28, said his win over previously unbeaten Teofimo Lopez in New York didn’t come easy.
“As much as I had to go do it inside the ropes, my family and my friends and both my countries lifted me, especially in that round 10,” Kambosos said on Thursday.
“It’s a big moment for everyone that’s been around me, a big moment for Australia.”
“I had to go and really earn it. I had to go to the back yard (of my rivals) multiple times and to go and beat this guy in his prime and in his home town, no Australian fighter’s ever done that before.”
Kambosos is tipped to defend his “jewels” in a unified mega-fight against WBC champion Devin Haney next year in Australia.
“I want him to come and he will, so I’ll take everything off him as well,” Kambosos said.
“These belts aren’t going anywhere. They’re here to stay.”
“Haney, (Gervonta) Davis, (Vasiliy) Lomachenko, (Ryan) Garcia, they’re all going to get it.”