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George Kambosos Jr open to rematch with Teofimo Lopez, says he doesn’t think his retirement is permanent

George Kambosos (right) busted up Teofimo Lopez

Former WBA, WBO and IBF lightweight champion George ‘Ferocious’ Kambosos Jr 20-2 (10) would welcome the opportunity to face old foe Teofimo Lopez 19-1 (13) in a rematch, but would also be open to a clash with Vasiliy Lomachenko 17-3 (11).

There is an interesting history between the three. Lopez upset Lomachenko to claim the unified 135-pound and Ring Magazine championships, only to be overthrown by Kambosos in his first title defence.

Australia’s Kambosos, 30, who is scheduled to face Maxi Hughes 26-5-2 (5) at Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma on July 22, subsequently dropped his belts to Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney 30-0 (15) in his home country in June last year and failed to regain them in their immediate rematch in October.

Ukrainian southpaw Lomachenko, 35, came up marginally short to 24-year-old Haney, originally of San Francisco but now boxing out of Las Vegas, losing a close unanimous decision last month by score of 115-113 twice and 116-112.

Meanwhile, Lopez has since moved up to junior welterweight where he won a decision over former undisputed 140-pound champion Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor 19-1 (13) earlier this month.

Kambosos says he is ready to take on all challenges.

“I want to be world champion again and I will be world champion,” Kambosos Jr said to Little Giant Boxing. “A mega-fight between Lomachenko and myself in Greece would be huge.

“It was a good performance. Josh Taylor, I feel, gave him too much respect. Maybe the weight was a little too hard at that stage. He gave him too much respect.”

The 25-year-old Lopez who boxes out of Las Vegas but hails from Brooklyn announced his retirement after the Lomachenko fight, citing low purses as the key to his decision.

But Kambosos believes we will see Lopez back in the ring.

“He boxed well and picked his shots and he was able to land. I think he’ll be back,” Kambosos said.

“He’ll be back. He talks about the money he was getting paid, and he needs more money and wants $100 million, which is never going to happen.

“Not even heavyweights get that kind of money. He’s not going to get that.

“When the money dries up, he’ll definitely be back. Inside the ring, it’ll never be peace between me and him. It’ll always be war. If he wants to do it again, I’ll see him again.

“I beat him. I took his belts and beat him fair and square. If he wants to get it done and it makes sense, maybe he can come over to Australia. I went to his backyard, or we can do it in Greece or somewhere else. Yeah, we can do it.

“I took that W. I’m in no rush to fight him again. I didn’t lose to him. I beat him. When Devin Haney beat me, I wanted a rematch straight away. I said give it to me the next day. That’s the kind of fighter I am.

“It’s up to him [Lopez] and his team. If they want it and start to push for it, then we can talk.”