He’s done over 250 rounds with Manny Pacquaio and fought in some of the biggest arenas in boxing, now ‘Ferocious’ George Kambosos is ready for Australia to take notice.
George Kambosos goes into the famed Madison Square Garden on Sunday, knowing that his world title dreams and a place in the top tier of professional boxing lay in wait.
Promoted by the legendary Lou DiBella andbeing the main training partner to boxing legend Manny Pacquaio, Kambosos is primed for the big stage.
But first he must find a way past former IBF world champion Mickey Bey (23-2).
Despite the fact a world title shot is seemingly lying at the Australian’s doorstep, the number three ranked Kambosos had no hesitation in agreeing the fight the dangerous American.
“Bey has been in some really big fights and he’s been at the top of boxing, where I’m going,” Kambosos said.
“That’s why we picked him. We wanted a name like this. This is his make or break fight, as it is mine. This is my acid test.
“Whatever he brings to the table, we’re ready for. This is my American coming out party, and this will be his retirement party.
“There is a lot on the line.”
While he is not prepared to look past Bey, an impressive display from the Australian in New York, could just land him the opportunity of a lifetime.
Top Rank kingpin Bob Arum has discussed bringing boxing superstar Vasily Lomachenko out to Australia, and handing Kambosos his mega fight.
Lomachenko will be in attendance on Sunday, and Kambosos knows he must bring the fireworks to grab the Ukrainian’s attention.
“Bob Arum is Lomachenko’s promotor and he is the promotor of Sunday’s fight, so it all hinges on the statement we make,” Kambosos explained.
“We’re on this card for a reason. Everything has been put here to create even more interest and those opportunities could be there, if we do the business against Bey and look great.
“I’m ready to bring real boxing back to Australia. They know I’m a real fighter, a real contender.”
Current IBF lightweight champion Richard Commey will defend his title against Teofimo Lopez on the same card as Kambosos.
If Lopez was to dethrone Commey, number three ranked Kambosos will likely be lined up as the next challenger.
“If Commey is to win, I’ll probably go to Lomanchenko, but if Commey is to lose, there’s a big chance me and Lopez get it on next,” Kambosos said.
“There’s a big chance Bob moves his fighters around, he either says he’s going to take Lomachenko to Australia or I fight Lopez. Either way, a world title will be next.”
A new generation of Australian fighters have come to the forefront in recent months, with Tim Tszyu, the Moloney brothers and Michael Zerafa grabbing the countries attention.
But Kambosos says he will be the one to lead boxing forward in Australia.
“I’m the leader of the pack,” Kambosos said.
“Out of all those guys, I’m here fighting at Madison Square Garden, against a former world champion. They are in Australia, fighting in front of 2000-3000 people.
“Australian boxing is in a really good position. I’m not going to sit and knock different fighters and say they’re doing something wrong.But I’m happy to be the leader of the pack.
“I’m the guy over here and those back home need to look at the Kambosos blueprint.
“I’m a 26-year-old, and ranked number three in the world. I’m ready to bring the entertainment back to Australian boxing.
“We have never had the easy road, and I’ve never wanted the easy road.
“I’m a fight away from cracking the big, big time and world title fights.”