I am Australia’s No.1 fighter and remember it


World title challenger George Kambosos Jr has a blunt message: I am Australia’s No.1 fighter and remember it.

It is a message delivered with out animosity, extra directed at Australia’s mainstream media than any fellow boxers. However the level stands.

Kambosos hasn’t fought in Australia since 2017 and the highway warrior is getting ready to a monumental triumph.

“I am Australia’s greatest fighter and I simply left my two children again residence to develop into the undisputed light-weight champion of the world,” the undefeated Kambosos instructed Vast World of Sports activities, forward of his June 6 conflict with American star Teofimo Lopez for the IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO and Ring Journal titles.

“One thing that no Australian’s ever performed earlier than, to carry 5 belts. Each single belt. That is greatness.

“Everybody must be speaking about this within the nation. Each single media firm, mainstream media, must be speaking about this continuous.

“Sadly, that is not the case.”

The under tweet was fired off by Kambosos a number of days after Tim Tszyu beat Dennis Hogan in Newcastle, a combat that acquired blanket media protection. Tszyu’s group have branded him as Australia’s prime fighter and greatest athlete, a mantle that Kambosos has lengthy claimed. Aus-Boxing.com has Kambosos No.1, Tszyu No.2 on its Aussie pound-for-pound checklist.

Kambosos insists that he has nothing however respect for the likes of Tszyu, but is unimpressed when media hype goes loopy over Australian fights whereas he toils away in his Miami coaching base getting ready to shock the world.

“That tweet was extra about reminding people who I am Australia’s greatest and remember it,” Kambosos stated.

“I really feel like we’ve got this factor, this mentality when as quickly as a fighter leaves Australia, they’re forgotten about a bit of bit by the media.

“Australia is just not the mecca of boxing. Australia is a phenomenal place that builds your profession after which you have to jet off.

“America is the mecca of boxing. That is the place it will get performed. I am combating right here in a mega-fight in America, on the pinnacle of the game.

“To combat for one championship belt is large however to have 5 on the road – 4 belts plus the lineal Ring belt – is huge.

“However I keep centered. That tweet was extra about simply awakening individuals, saying, ‘Hey, remember about me … I am like an elephant, I do not neglect’.

“I really like each [Australian] fighter, I need to see everybody do effectively. Regardless of the hype of various fighters, I do know the place I am positioned.

“I am not pissed off. I’ve obtained tunnel imaginative and prescient, I’ve obtained give attention to one job and one job solely. There is not any beef with anybody. There’s plenty of love for each fighter within the nation in Australia and I would like them to take the blueprint of Australia’s greatest; come abroad and check yourselves within the deep waters, not in a shallow pond.”

Kambosos, whose final six fights have been abroad, is nothing if not bold. He’ll begin as an underdog in opposition to Lopez, who turned undisputed champion by beating boxing icon Vasiliy Lomachenko final 12 months, but he does not simply intend to beat the younger American.

He plans to take these 5 belts in spectacular trend and maintain them long-term. He intends to be named 2021 Fighter of the Yr, an honour bestowed upon Lopez final 12 months by a raft of establishments, together with Ring Journal. He desires his group, head coach Javiel Centeno and supervisor Peter Khan, to earn comparable honours.

And he’s adamant that he’ll place his title alongside the all-time greats of Australian boxing. That is performed by profitable abroad in opposition to the large fighters.

“Legacy is the whole lot to me and all these greats earlier than me have come over to America and made greatness over right here from Australia,” Kambosos stated.

“That is what I am right here to do. I am right here to make the very best type of greatness, win all these belts. The legacy, the title is crucial factor.

“You might have thousands and thousands in your account, you could possibly be the native hero or the recognized man in Australia however while you look again and say, ‘My legacy, what did I really do? Did I take dangers?’

“There’s plenty of threat on this combat, that is the most important combat of my life. I do know the danger however I am so decided, my tunnel imaginative and prescient is so sturdy, I do know what I carry to the desk and I do know I’ll win this combat by any means essential.

“I am right here, I am nonetheless undefeated, I’ve crushed these former world champions, I’ll go combat the undisputed No.1 2020 Fighter of the Yr and his 2020 Coach of the Yr, the father-son.

“That complete [Lopez] group, from the fighter to the coach to the supervisor, swooped up final 12 months. However I plan on swooping up this 12 months.

“Not solely with the belts; I’ve already set a goal to be 2021 Fighter of the Yr worldwide. Not simply Australia, worldwide. Within the mecca of boxing, in America.”

Kambosos will combat Lopez in Miami. He was pressured to flee America along with his household round this time final 12 months when the COVID-19 catastrophe exploded within the US and has travelled again there regardless of the continuing well being threat.

He intends to ship a victory that nobody can ignore; a well-paid one, after streaming firm Triller made a bumper purse bid that can give Kambosos a $2.7 million earn.

“Particularly with the sacrifice I’ve made. I am Australia’s greatest fighter, the highest-paid fighter, and I simply left my two children within the midst of a pandemic,” Kambosos stated.

“It is nonetheless very unhealthy out right here. Everyone seems to be sporting obligatory masks, the circumstances are by means of the roof right here in Florida.

“That is an enormous threat. I have not had COVID, thanks God, however I do not know what underlying well being issues I might need that nobody is aware of about. It is a threat popping out right here however that is the danger you are taking.

“It is humorous seeing sure issues about fighters saying, ‘We can’t go to America due to COVID and we have got an enormous group, we do not need to carry the group on the market’. We’re warriors and the best way I have a look at it, I am a lone warrior.

“I got here out to America on my own to sacrifice the whole lot – however to achieve the whole lot.”

Kambosos’ final two victories, each by break up resolution, have come in opposition to former world champions Mickey Bey and Lee Selby. The 27-year-old’s file stands at 18-0 (10 KOs), whereas Lopez, 23, is 16-0 (12 KOs).

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