Greek Australian, George Kambosos Jr, has beaten Lee Selby impressively in their IBF lightweight world title eliminator at SSE Arena Wembley on Sunday.
Kambosos prevailed 118-110 and 116-112 against Selby’s bizarre card of 115-114 from judge Phil Edwards in a split decision.
The victory secures the Sydneysider a mandatory shot at Teofimo Lopez’s lightweight IBF world title.
“I told you I’d do it, I’m too fast, too strong, too aggressive, too smart, too powerful – everything,” Kambosos said post-fight on Sky Sports.
Kambosos landed the bigger shots and kept up the pace until the final bell despite the frustration of having the eighth round cut short by a minute when Selby was hurt.
The 33-year-old found his range on power punches six rounds in, with hard right hands to the body and a piercing left hook featuring often. Selby’s defence loosened in the latter rounds and Kambosos began to pick the veteran Welshman apart.
Kambosos has now beaten former world champions in consecutive fights, having defeated ex-lightweight champ Mickey Bey in his previous bout.
“This is a great moment … I’m so happy,” he said.
“World No.1, mandatory. Lopez, you know what it is now. Let’s do it Down Under. Two warriors, two lions, let’s go to war. Let’s do it – I want that fight.”
The confident Greek-Australian is intent on luring Lopez to Australia for a blockbuster fight in a stadium, either in his hometown of Sydney or in Melbourne.
Kambosos, who trains out of Miami under Javiel Centeno, sacrificed about two months away from his young family to take the fight and has been vindicated.