Ahead of his USA debut on DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series this weekend Australian lightweight contender George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr 13-0 (7) has revealed he relocated to America after outgrowing the competition in the 135-pound division in his home country.
“I started in Australia, but I’m in America now. It’s like I’ve gone from the A-League to the Premier League,” Kambosos told SportingNews.com this week.
“They don’t play around here – one loss and you’re back fighting in Australia. I’ve worked way too hard to let that happen.
“I’ve become a big fish in a small pond in Australia and now this is the place I deserve to be.
“I’m going to make a huge statement.”
The undefeated 24-year-old of Greek heritage was scheduled to face Tony Luis 25-3 (8) in Sydney on April 11 and was in Los Angeles preparing for the fight with trainer Justin Fortune when the Canadian withdrew from the bout. Instead of flying home he opted to stay in LA, a decision that eventually led to his signing with Lou DiBella’s east coast promotional outfit.
This Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut the outspoken Sydneysider will get the opportunity to prove why the WBA have him ranked at number five in the world at 135-pounds when he takes on Jose Forero 13-6-1 (11) of Panama.
“It’s just me. It’s just the confidence I possess when I fight,” Kambosos said. “I seriously want to inflict as much damage as possible. Being Greek, I’ve got that Spartan warrior in me. That’s the way it is.
“The bad guy image – a lot of people see it like that, but I’ve got a big fan base and a lot of people love me. I’ll have people who don’t like me, and don’t like what I bring to the table, but they’ll all be watching this weekend.”
Last year Kambosos ruffled some feathers when he travelled to the Philippines to help Manny Pacquiao prepare for his WBO welterweight world title defence against Australia’s Jeff Horn, a fight the global superstar would go on to lose by unanimous decision in controversial circumstances.
“I truly believe I’m the best fighter in Australia. We’ve got Jeff Horn as our champion, and he beat Manny Pacquiao – or supposedly beat Manny Pacquiao – but I was in camp with Pacquiao and I know what I did in my 50 rounds of sparring with him,” said Kambosos.
“I know sparring is different to the fight, but I know how I handled myself against an all-time great, so I truly believe I’m the best fighter in Australia.
“Even the best combat athlete in Australia.”