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Kambosos Drops Mickey Bey In 10th; Wins By Split Decision

NEW YORK – George Kambosos Jr. turned down the first four opponents promoter Lou DiBella proposed for his fight Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

That’s not uncommon among boxers and managers attempting to protect their investments in a prospect’s career. Kambosos sought someone better, though, not a worse opponent.

The unbeaten lightweight prospect from Australia got just what he wanted from former champion Mickey Bey – a tougher fight. Kambosos still managed to remain unbeaten by scoring a 10-round split-decision victory over Bey on the Terence Crawford-Egidjius Kavaliauskas undercard.


Judges Mark Consentino (97-92) and Pasquale Procopio (96-93) scored their fight for Sydney’s Kambosos, who improved to 18-0 (10 KOs). Judge Bernard Bruni (95-94) had it for Bey (23-3-1, 11 KOs, 1 NC), a former IBF lightweight champ who hadn’t fought in more than 14 months before boxing Kambosos.

Kamobosos had some trouble catching Bey with power shots throughout the bout. He landed a right uppercut that caused a knockdown with 1:36 to go in their battle because Bey’s gloves touched the canvas to hold him up.

Bey made Kambosos miss with a lot of his power punches in the eighth and ninth rounds. 

Kambosos backed up Bey with a left hook late in the seventh round. Bey knocked Kambosos off balance with a left hook earlier in the seventh.

Bey worked well off his jab in the fifth round, but Kambosos came out firing early in the sixth round. He landed a left-right combination early in that round, though Bey slipped several left hooks later in the sixth.

Kambosos’ overhand right caught Bey on the side of his head early in the fourth round. A hard left hook by Kambosos got Bey’s attention early in the third round.

A left-right combination by Kambosos moved Bey backward toward the end of the second round. Kambosos caught Bey with a left hook in the middle of the second round. 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by daggum on 12-16-2019

lol hes from australia.

Comment by Richard G on 12-16-2019

Kambosis is still learning and is picking opponents accordingly, he's obviously not ready for the best yet. He did OK in this fight and deserved the win.

Comment by glenn mcrory on 12-15-2019

[QUOTE=Bob Haymon;20255072]Keep Kombosos away from Loma. He's not even ready for Commey or Lopez if you can [b]barely get past Bey.[/b][/QUOTE] This is why people need to watch the fights. Bey schooled the s**t out of Kambosos, I had it…

Comment by The3 on 12-14-2019

Lomachenko should've fought Kambosos tonight in his country that would keep him busy and give him another win + he will remove Kambosos from the IBF ranking

Comment by Bob Haymon on 12-14-2019

Keep Kombosos away from Loma. He's not even ready for Commey or Lopez if you can barely get past Bey.

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