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George Kambosos Jr on the comeback trail, out to make statement against Maxi Hughes

George Kambosos Jr. Photo credit: Matchroom Boxing

Former WBA, WBO and IBF lightweight champion George ‘Ferocious’ Kambosos Jr 20-2 (10) is gunning for his first win in more than two-and-a-half years when he takes on Maxi Hughes 26-5-2 (5) at the Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma on July 22.

The 30-year-old Australian was last in the winners’ circle when he upset Teofimo Lopez 19-1 (13) by split decision ay New York’s famed Madison Square Garden in November 2021.

Kambosos went on to lose his unified championship to WBC champion Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney 30-0 (15) in Melbourne, Australia in June last year and failed to reverse the result in their immediate rematch in the same city last October.

Kambosos is now putting in work in the United States as he prepares for England’s Hughes, 33, in a bid to put his career back on track.

“I’m away from any distractions and I’m sacrificing,” Kambosos said. “When I’m sacrificing, I always bring out this more relentless hunger out of me.

“I’m going home to a makeshift house that the team is living in and we’re watching fights and studying fights. If we come up with something, we go into the backyard and start working on it.

“This a 24/7 warzone. We’re sacrificing with hard work and July 22, I’m back.”

The Haney fights were a bit of a shock to the system for Kambosos, but he has put those losses behind him and is now focused on improving as a boxer.

“Since the Devin Haney fights, I’ve gotten sharper,” he said. “I’ve become a better boxer. I’m better on my feet. I’m better all around. I’ve been able to sit back and add more artillery to the game. I’ve been able to watch so much more footage from different fights. I’m a better fighter.”

Southpaw Hughes is coming off a career-best victory over former IBF featherweight champion Kid Galahad 28-3 (17) in Nottingham, England last September, a bout he won by majority decision.

Although he lacks major scalps on his resume, Hughes has been consistently winning since his last loss almost four years ago to Liam Walsh for the European lightweight championship.

He has been stopped just once in the past eight years.

“I know that Maxi Hughes is coming off a seven-fight win streak against guys that I’ve never really heard of,” Kambosos said.

“It’s okay. Whatever he’s coming with, that’s no problem. I’m coming in with what I’m coming in with. Just look at my last three fights. Don’t worry about the wins and losses. Just look at the names. Even prior to that, look at my last five fights.”

“I’m going to make an emphatic statement. I’m going to show that I’m back. I’m going to show that I’ve become a better fighter. I’m going to knock out Maxi Hughes.”