George Kambosos may want to double check where he last left his passport.
The unified lightweight champion from Australia has repeatedly stated that he would like nothing more than for his first title defense to take place at a stadium in his homeland. That fight would serve as a homecoming in honor of his upset win over Teofimo Lopez last November at Madison Square Garden in New York City to become the WBA/WBO/IBF/WBC Franchise lightweight champion.
But in a sport where the bottom line is frequently the only thing that matters, Kambosos – whose last three fights have taken place on foreign soil – may find himself gloving up on the road yet again.
According to promoter Eddie Hearn, who promotes WBC lightweight titlist Devin Haney, a potential opponent for Kambosos, the Matchroom Boxing head is currently fielding a strong offer from the Middle East to stage a full unification lightweight bout between the two fighters there.
“We’ve had an offer from the Middle East for Devin Haney vs. Kambosos,” Hearn said on the DAZN Boxing Show. “This is one we’re edging towards, where we’re receiving a firm offer for.”
Hearn has a history of working with business entities in the Middle East. Most famously, in 2019, he staged the rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
In the end, however, it is up to Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) and his team – promoter Lou DiBella and manager Peter Kahn – to decide if he truly wants to travel to the land of the dunes to defend his titles. The Las Vegas-based Haney (27-0, 15 KOs), after all, is far from Kambosos’ only option. Vasiliy Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs), the former kingpin of the lightweight division, is another enticing possibility for the Aussie. Lomachenko’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, stated that the Ukrainian would have no issues traveling to Australia to face Kambosos. In 2017, Arum co-promoted the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn WBO welterweight title bout in Brisbane in front of a crowd of 51,000.
But Hearn believes a Kambosos-Haney needs to be prioritized because the winner will finally clarify the confusion – sown by the WBC, no less – that has surrounded the “undisputed” designation in the division.
“For me it’s the only fight in the division,” Hearn said. “I know Top Rank is talking about Lomachenko against Kambosos. We need to wrap up this undisputed situation. We need to know who is the real champion. It’s a natural fight. Haney against Kambosos is a brilliant fight.
“We can do it Sunday in Australia; we can do it in the United Arab Emirates. We can do it in America; Devin Haney is ready to go for that fight. He won’t price himself out.”