George Kambosos Jr Has Three-Man Short-List For First Lightweight Title Defence: Haney, Davis, Loma

Who will unified lightweight ruler George Kambosos Jr fight in his first title defence? The unbeaten Australian who shocked Teofimo Lopez to take the WBA/IBF/WBO/WBC franchise titles is going to be fighting in a huge stadium fight in Australia in May, and he has listed for Fox Sports Australia his three-man short-list.

“I love the [Devin] Haney fight, and I love the WBC piece. I love the [Vasily] Lomachenko fight. And Tank Davis as well,” Kambosos, 20-0(10) said.

“I want to see him back in the ring first. We’re sitting here negotiating, making sure they’ll come to Australia first. That’s the most important thing, that they’ll travel down. I know for a fact that Haney and Lomachenko will. It’s going to be in May. May is going to be a great time.”

So, of the three names Kambosos listed, each of them fine fighters indeed, who would you prefer to see the new champion fight in May? Talk about a tough choice to make. Lomachenko looked, in his last fight (against Richard Commey), to be just about back to his dazzling best.

Devin Haney, George Kambosos Jr., Gervonta Davis, Vasiliy Lomachenko boxing image / photo
November 27, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos during their November 27, 2021 fight at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom.

Tank Davis is a huge puncher and some good judges rank him as the best young and unbeaten fighter out there today (this despite the fact that he did struggle a little in his most recent outing, when he was pushed hard by Isaac Cruz). While Haney, unbeaten and as slick as he is fast, holds that WBC belt.

The 135-pound division was shaken up, first by Lopez in beating Loma, and then by Kambosos in dethroning Lopez. Now, can 28-year-old Kambosos go on to rule the division for a considerable amount of time? Kambosos sure isn’t looking to pick a nice, safe, and easy challenger for that maiden title defence, is he? Credit must go to him for that.

We may even have a future great on our hands with this dedicated, focused, and hungry Australian ring warrior. What do you think: does Kambosos beat Haney, Lomachenko, and Davis? Don’t bet against it.