Within the last eighteen months, Devin Haney has made the transition from contender to champion. To make this jump in his career, he traveled to Australia twice to win and defend the undisputed lightweight title. Shortly thereafter, he made his way to Las Vegas and defeated Vasyl Lomachenko in a close bout. As Haney prepares to make the jump from lightweight to super lightweight, the two men he’s fought most recently may be preparing to get in the ring.
Former undisputed lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. is eyeing a fight with former unified lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko. On Wednesday, he made it clear that he’d like to fight the Ukrainian boxer before the end of the year.
“We’ll fight Lomachenko next,” Kambosos Jr. said, according to Boxing Scene.
That’s the fight.”
Vasyl Lomachenko has not replied to Kambosos Jr.’s recent comments, but another potential opponent did. On Wednesday afternoon, two-division champion Shakur Stevenson made light of Kambosos Jr.’s challenge and suggested that Lomachenko would win by stoppage.
“Nobody [wants to] see Loma stop [you],” Stevenson tweeted.
“Go take the 25%! What’s wrong with [you]? What [you are] trying to do, I’ve already done,” Kambosos Jr. replied.
The two fighter’s social media exchange stems from comments Stevenson made after Kambosos Jr.’s most recent fight against Maxi Hughes. According to the Newark native, Hughes won the fight and Kambosos Jr. did not display the talent of an elite champion throughout the fight.
“I thought it was a robbery. I thought Maxi boxed well and I thought he was the better fighter,” Stevenson told ESPN after the fight.
When asked if he would fight the former undisputed champion, Stevenson dismissed the proposition.
“I wanna fight the best of the best, so as of right now, Kambosos is not on my level. I want to fight the Lomachenkos, the Devin Haneys, Gervonta Davis,” Stevenson explained.
“Those are the fights I’m looking for.”