Kambosos expecting an ‘army of blue and white flags’ for world title fight in Melbourne


By Chris Spyrou.

Unified lightweight world champion, George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr., will battle WBC lightweight title-holder Devin Haney for the undisputed championship on Sunday, June 5. 

It was announced on Friday, April 1 that Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium would host the world title fight, being dubbed a “sensational spectacle” and “one of the biggest fights in years” by Kambosos’ promoter Lou DiBella.

“The Spartan warrior is going to get an opportunity to perform in front of both his Australian countrymen and his people of Greek ancestry,” DiBella said at the press conference.

Lou DiBella and Bob Arum speaking to Eddie McGuire before Kambosos walks on stage. Photo: The Greek Herald / Chris Spyrou.

The Greek Australian entered Marvel Stadium on Friday heralded by Robert Tepper’s ‘No Easy Way Out’ from the Rocky IV soundtrack, sporting a tailored black suit and Gucci sunglasses. 

READ MORE: George Kambosos Jr. to defend lightweight title against Devin Haney in Australia.

Kambosos approaches the stage at Marvel Stadium. Photo: The Greek Herald / Chris Spyrou.

Flanked by his father Jim Kambosos, the fighter laid out his five belts before reassuring: “These belts aren’t going anywhere, they’re staying here.”

“These belts are not only mine, they’re ours as a country, Greece as well”, he added.

Kambosos with his father Jim. Photo: The Greek Herald / Chris Spyrou.

In a one-on-one interview, the world champion told The Greek Herald, “I fight for the Greeks, not only here in Australia, in Melbourne, in Sydney, but worldwide.

“I take that flag with me everywhere. That flag still hasn’t been washed from the Lopez fight, it’s got blood all over it. 

“That’s how much this means to me. I’ll bleed for our country.

Kambosos with his belts. Photo: The Greek Herald / Chris Spyrou.

“So to be here, to be fighting in Melbourne with such a massive Greek population that’s the largest outside of Athens, it’s incredible.

“This is going to be an army of blue and white flags, an army of Australian flags. It’s going to be amazing.”

WATCH: George Kambosos’ one-on-one interview with The Greek Herald 

To unify the lightweight championship, Kambosos requires one more belt “and Devin has it”, Dibella said. 

Kambosos had initially agreed to fight Vasiliy Lomachenko, however, the Ukrainian two-time Olympic gold medalist withdrew, electing to defend his home country against the Russian attack instead.

Kambosos will have the opportunity to unify the lightweight championship and become Australia’s first-ever undisputed champion in front of 50,000 spectators at Marvel Stadium in June. Millions will also be watching live on ESPN, Kayo and Foxtel.

Kambosos with his family. Photo: The Greek Herald / Chris Spyrou.




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