Welcome to Lomachenko vs. Kambosos fight week

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Welcome to Lomachenko vs. Kambosos fight week

A battle of former champions, Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. George Kambosos (pictured) will be presented live this Saturday, May 11th at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+. The event takes place at RAC Arena in Perth,  Australia, with the vacant IBF lightweight title up for grabs. Australia’s fighting emperor and former undisputed  world lightweight champion, Kambosos is on a mission for a new belt. Standing in his way is a Ukrainian fight legend, Lomachenko, a three-division world champion intent on writing another triumphant chapter in his Hall of Fame career. Lomachenko (23-3 including the World Series of Boxing) is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist. After a 2020 points loss to Teofimo Lopez, he reeled off three consecutive wins. During that winning streak, he joined a territorial defense battalion in his homeland during the Russia-Ukraine war. Last May, he came close to becoming the undisputed lightweight champion, dropping a hotly contested decision to then-unbeaten Devin Haney.
Kambosos (21-2, 10 KOs), from Sydney, spent eight-plus years climbing the lightweight ranks after turning pro in 2013. He authored the 2021 Upset of the Year with a split decision over Lopez to become the division’s unified and lineal world champion. In 2022, his showdown against Haney for the undisputed title drew more than 41,000 in Melbourne, Australia. Kambosos lost a unanimous decision to Haney, then dropped the rematch by decision four months later at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. “The Emperor” regrouped in 2023, edging Maxi Hughes by [controversial] majority decision to secure another crack at world title glory.

The world title tripleheader includes WBA bantamweight world champion Nina Hughes making her second world title defense against Cherneka “Sugar Neekz” Johnson. Hughes (6-0, 2 KOs) turned pro in 2021 at 39 years old. She won the Commonwealth junior featherweight title in her third outing and upset Jamie Mitchell by unanimous decision in 2022 to capture the WBA world title.  Six years after turning pro in 2022, Johnson (15-2, 6 KOs) snatched the vacant IBF junior featherweight world title with a majority decision over Melissa Esquivel in Melbourne, Australia. Johnson lost her title last June in London in a unanimous decision to Ellie Scotney. Nearly a year later, she returns to bantamweight, motivated to become a two-weight queen.
Additionally, Australian standout Andrew Moloney (26-3, 16 KOs) will fight former WBC light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara (41-4-1, 22 KOs) for the vacant WBC interim 115-pound title.

Calling the action will be ESPN’s Joe Tessitore and Hall of Famer, Timothy Bradley, Jr. with Bernardo Osuna, recently inducted into the National Boxing Hall of Fame, on-site in Perth.
Leading up to the showdown, fight fans can watch a 30-minute all-access preview prior to the championship battle between Lomachenko and Kambosos. The program offers an exclusive look inside the training camps of both fighters, giving fans a glimpse into the intense preparation leading up to this ‘Down Under’ world title showdown.  The program will also be available for replay on-demand in the ESPN App, on ESPN.com and on ESPN+.