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George Kambosos Jr vs Maxi Hughes set down for July 22

George Kambosos Jr. Photo credit: Mark Robinson/Matchrom Boxing

Former unified lightweight champion George ‘Ferocious’ Kambosos Jr 20-2 (10) will return to the ring for the first time in nine months when he battles Maxi Hughes 26-5-2 (5) at the Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma on July 22.

The 29-year-old Australian will be looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses to reigning undisputed lightweight champion Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney 30-0 (15) last year.

“I am extremely excited and motivated to make a serious statement against Maxi Hughes in my return fight in the United States, the Mecca of boxing,” Kambosos said.

“Having fought the best lightweight boxers in the world, I now know I have become an even better fighter and have added further artillery and weapons to my overall fight game.

“Maxi Hughes is a good boxer, a tough Englishman, and I’m sure he will try his best, but I know and he knows that his best will not be enough.

“Hughes is not elite and when you have been in there with elite boxers like I have, you pick up on the mistakes in a boxer like Hughes. I will claim his IBO world title and the IBF world title eliminator position on July 22.”

English southpaw Hughes, 33, is on a seven-fight win streak that includes victories over Jono Carroll and Kid Galahad, who was one fight removed from losing his IBF featherweight title to Kiko Martiniez.

Hughes will be making his US debut and will be having just his second bout outside of the UK.

“I’m excited to realise my dream of fighting in the USA and to showcase my skills to a new audience. I’ll do what’s necessary to get the win,” Hughes said.

Elsewhere on the bill American Keyshawn Davis 8-0 (6) will take on Belgium’s former European champion Francesco Patera 28-3 (10).

“George Kambosos Jr is still one of the lightweight division’s premier attractions and he has the chance to get right back to title contention with a win over an upset-minded Maxi Hughes,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum.

“Keyshawn Davis, in less than 10 fights, is already a contender and has all the makings of a future superstar. This is a sensational lightweight doubleheader for the fans in Shawnee and everyone watching on ESPN.”

“George insisted on a meaningful fight to begin his comeback. He’s never taken the easy route,” said Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment.

“Maxi Hughes is a legit top 10 lightweight and a high-risk fight for George coming off two losses against Devin Haney.

“This will be an IBF world title elimination bout and George will also challenge for Maxi’s IBO lightweight world title. For Maxi, this is the opportunity he’s been fighting for. This is his chance to prove that all of those fights he won as the underdog meant something.”

The card will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN+.