Former Champion George Kambosos Seeks to Prove Himself in 2023
The test of an athlete is not when they’re on top but how they deal with adversity and setbacks. That
is certainly the case with ex-unified lightweight champion George Kambosos (20-2, 10 KO).
In November 2021, the 29-year-old from Sydney, Australia scored an upset split-decision victory over
Teofimo Lopez to capture the lightweight belts. That was followed by a year in which nothing went Kambosos’s way. In June of 2022, he lost by a unanimous decision to WBC 135-pound champion Devin Haney in a bout for the undisputed lightweight championship. In their October 2022 rematch, Kambosos again came out on the losing end.
ON THE MEND
With the entrance of 2023, Kambosos is officially in rebuild mode.
While there’s been no announcement of an upcoming fight, word on the street is that he will return
to the ring this spring. The climb back to the top must be meticulous and well-mapped out.
Understanding that reality, Team Kambosos turned down an opportunity to face two-division champion
and highly-ranked lightweight Shakur Stevenson. In truth, it would not be wise to fight the slick and talented southpaw off of two straight defeats.
A more viable option could be a match with one-time 130-pound champion Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz, who has
lost his last two fights and is looking to get back to his winning ways. It’s conceivable that Team Kambosos could make that fight in Kambosos’s country of Australia.
While many pundits consider Kambosos a top-ten fighter in the lightweight division, there are those
who view him as a one-hit wonder. He’s on a mission to silence the critics and become a two-time world champ
By: Michael Wilson Jr.