George Kambosos Believes He Legitimately Beat Maxi Hughes!
Former unified lightweight champion George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr. (21-2, 10KO) took to social media to address the public outcry of “robbery” over his gift decision against Maxi “Maximus” Hughes (26-6-2, 5KO). Despite public opinion, the former unified champion believes it was the right decision and expressed those sentiments in a lengthy statement issued on Instagram.
On July 22, the Aussie was looking to recover from losing the unified titles and two back-to-back fights against undisputed champion Devin Haney. However, he failed to impress as the boxing community screamed robbery when the judges picked him as the victor over Hughes.
Kambosos struggled all fight as his opponent boxed circles around him the entire fight. Moreover, he exhibited poor ring I.Q. by not getting his lead foot on the outside of the Maximus fighting in the southpaw stance.
A PATH BACK TO CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
Ferocious is desperate to prove he isn’t a one-hit wonder after capturing the titles from then-unified champion Teofimo Lopez in 2021. In addition, he has positioned himself back into title contention by winning the IBF eliminator. With rumors of Haney exiting the division, there is the chance a title fight could be coming down the line.
Now there are a lot of pieces on the board that will need moving around to clear a path for him to fight for the title. By defeating the #9 rated Hughes, he will get a bump up in the rankings.
The #2 spot is vacant with both #3 and #4 ranked contenders, Vasiliy Lomachenko and Shakur Stevenson, respectively, are on track to fight for the WBC or WBO titles. Then #6 rated Frank Martin is in the perfect position to fight for the WBA title. That leaves him facing #1-rated Gus Lemos or #5-ranked Isaac Cruz for the vacant title.