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Undisputed Ambitions: Vasiliy Lomachenko's Quest for Lightweight Greatness

Vasiliy Lomachenko is on the brink of fulfilling his ambition to become the undisputed lightweight champion, with his upcoming bout against George Kambosos Jr. for the IBF title potentially paving the way for this long-held dream.

Vasily Lomachenko

The two-time Olympic champion faced a setback in his last fight against Devin Haney, narrowly missing out on victory in a bout many believed he had won.

However, Lomachenko now has an opportunity to claim one of the four coveted belts this Sunday in Australia. Bob Arum, Lomachenko's promoter, revealed that a triumph over Kambosos would not only secure him a world title but also position him for a potential showdown with WBC titleholder Shakur Stevenson.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Arum expressed his anticipation for a Lomachenko-Stevenson clash, saying, "Every serious boxing fan will be watching that in awe, between two great technicians fighting for a unified title." He also acknowledged the challenge posed by Kambosos, who upset the odds by defeating unified champion Teofimo Lopez, the man who previously defeated Lomachenko.

Age is a factor of concern for Lomachenko, who at 36, has hinted at the twilight of his career. Arum noted,

"Kambosos is a real threat... Lomachenko is super-talented, but again there is his age, particularly in the lighter-weight divisions, where age is more of a factor than in the heavyweight divisions."

Should Lomachenko triumph and secure the IBF title, a potential showdown with Stevenson awaits, followed by a possible bout with the winner of Emanuel Navarrete-Denys Berinchyk for the WBO title on May 18. This could set the stage for a highly-anticipated clash against WBA belt holder Gervonta Davis for the undisputed lightweight championship next year.


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