Kambosos Jr ready to steal Haney fight from Lopez in 90,000 Aussie stadium

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Jorge Kambos Jr. is ready to steal a fight with Devin Haney from Teofimo Lopez – and wants to take it to the 90,000-seat stadium.

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Australian Combos challenge for Lopez’s unified WBA, IBF, WBO and WBC ‘franchise’ lightweight titles over the weekend.

Teofimo López and Mandatory Challenger Jorge Cambosos Jr.credit: getty
WBC Lightweight Champion Devin Haney

WBC Lightweight Champion Devin Haneycredit: Getty Images – Getty

But the US champion has already verbally and publicly agreed to fight longtime rival Haney next year, who will face Jojo Diaz on December 5.


The Combosos, however, have other ideas, and vowed to dethrone Lopez and then unite the Belt in an undeniable conflict with Haney.

And he believes Eddie Hearn, who has promoted 32-year-old Anthony Joshua, who sells stadium fights in Britain, is just the man putting it together.

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Kambosos, 28, told SunSport: “Me and Honey are talking.

“We are in talks, we have mutual respect for each other and I am in his corner to win his fight, I hope he wins his fight.

“And he’s in my corner to win my fight, and you know what? We’re going to take over the business and turn it around.

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“Whatever the world thinks is the agreement between him and Lopez, that is not true. What makes more sense?

“And I know Eddie loves them over big stadium fights, so it makes perfect sense.”

Australian Jeff Horn, 33, struck a blow against Manny Pacquiao, now 42, in front of 50,000 at Brisbane’s Corp Stadium in 2017.

But Combosos, who made Lopez’s IBF mandatory after beating 34-year-old Welshman Lee Selby, is looking to nearly double Horn’s presence with Haney.

He said: “Australia has a better fight and a bigger fight with 80,000 or 90,000 people in a stadium.

“We all know that Lopez isn’t a big seller, he’s not what he thinks he is. Instead of doing 20,000 people in America, we can do 80,000-90,000 in Australia.”

Lopez, 24, shot to stardom in October 2020 after shocking 33-year-old Vasily Lomachenko, but was then ordered to defend his title against Cambosos.

They were initially scheduled to meet on June 16, but López withdrew after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Jorge Cambos Jr training to fight Teofimo López

Jorge Cambos Jr training to fight Teofimo Lópezcredit: EPA
Teofimo López defends his lightweight title

Teofimo López defends his lightweight titlecredit: getty

After several delays, social media platform Triller, which paid £4.5 million to stage the fight, eventually pulled out of hosting.

Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing was the second highest bidder and took the rights, but the draw-out delay caused great friction among the boxers.

So much so that Cambosos and Lopez’s father clashed in a media workout just days before the first bell.

But the travel challenger has shown no signs of despair, and has claimed he will rule out Lopez and fellow stars Haney, 23, Gervonta Davis, 27, and Ryan Garcia, 23.

Combosos said: “I’m just focused, I’m not worried about it. I know that when I win all the belts, I’ll be on top.

“I will be the emperor, they say ‘four kings’ – the emperor overtakes everything, he’s the person who has been to different countries and that’s what I’m doing.

“I’ve been to America, I beat their guys, I went to the UK and beat their top guy, I’ve been all over the world and now I’m here to beat the top guy in the US.”

“For me, it’s just business. I know there’s obviously a lot of bad blood, he’s angry, which is great.

“I’m just super focused, cool, calm and collected. Whatever rage he wants to bring into the fight, Sunder, bring him.

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