Newly crowned WBC Franchise, IBF, WBA, and WBO lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. is now calling the shots, eagerly waiting for the upcoming fight between WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney and Joseph ‘Jojo’ Diaz Jr. The winner of the December 4th fight must come to Australia if they want a chance to fight for his four titles.
After a 12 round split decision victory over previously unbeaten undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez (16-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) finds himself in the position of 800-pound gorilla calling the shots.
His win over the undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez encouraged his credibility for all four titles.
Kambosos was the unheard and obscure name ever heard by many boxing fans, and he is now taken as a threat to the upper rungs of the lightweight division after his victory over Teofimo.
Teofimo’s father announced, “Teo would be moving up to 140 because it’s too difficult for him to make 135.”
“I believe I would shock the world and win everything. I put on a masterclass performance,” said Kambosos.
“100 percent,” Kambosos replied when asked if he'd be interested in fighting the winner of the WBC lightweight title Devin Haney vs. Joseph 'JoJo' Diaz Jr. fight on December 4th, "I'm here to fight the best of the best," he added.
“Whoever the fans want to see, let’s do it, but they’ve got to come to see me in Australia. I’ve had to earn my stripes, and I’ve had to go into the backyards year after year, fight after fight.”
“I busted him up, and I deserve to have my homecoming fight back in Australia in front of 80,000 people. And I tell you now; we will fill out that stadium, and it will be something very special. We’re going to relax now,” said Kambosos.
The WBC's decision to create the Franchise title has diminished the worth of their regular WBC champion, which now stands at 135, making it a less meaningful and useless belt.
Without having the WBC's regular lightweight title, Kambosos is likely to be referred to as the indisputable champion. In that circumstance, Devin Haney's WBC title is essentially a lesser-valued belt.
In that case, Haney might as well chuck the strap in the trash and focus on Kambosos' Franchise belt, which the sanctioning body appreciates.