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Lomachenko clinches IBF lightweight title after victory over Kambosos

PERTH: In a breathtaking display of boxing prowess, Ukrainian maestro Vasiliy Lomachenko seized the IBF lightweight world title with a spectacular triumph over Australia’s George Kambosos in Perth.

Commanding the ring before a fervent crowd of 15,000 at the RAC Arena, Lomachenko orchestrated a clinic of precision and power, culminating in a decisive victory in the 11th round.

“I’m again world champion. I want to come back home and spend time with my family,” expressed Lomachenko, relishing his return to the pinnacle of the sport.

Despite the raucous support for Kambosos, Lomachenko remained resolute, dictating the pace and rhythm of the bout with unwavering control. The defining moment arrived in the 11th round when Lomachenko’s onslaught left Kambosos reeling, prompting the referee to intervene and proclaim Lomachenko the new IBF lightweight champion.

For Lomachenko, the triumph signified a significant milestone in his illustrious career, securing his maiden IBF lightweight title to complement his already illustrious résumé, which boasts previous titles in the featherweight and super featherweight divisions, along with two Olympic gold medals.

Acknowledging his adversary’s resilience, Kambosos graciously conceded, recognizing Lomachenko’s stature as “one of the best of all time.”

The highly anticipated clash saw both fighters eager to assert themselves, particularly following setbacks against American boxer Devin Haney in recent encounters. Kambosos, renowned for his aggressive style and physical advantages, sought to unsettle Lomachenko early on, but the Ukrainian maestro’s superior footwork and counter-punching prowess gradually turned the tide in his favor.

As the bout progressed, Lomachenko’s supremacy became increasingly evident, with his precise left-handed jabs and thunderous blows inflicting visible damage on Kambosos. Despite the Australian’s tenacity, Lomachenko’s relentless assault proved insurmountable, securing a decisive victory.

In the undercard, Mexican Pedro Guevara controversially claimed the interim WBC super flyweight belt over Australia’s Andrew Moloney, while Australian Cherneka Johnson emerged triumphant in a hard-fought contest against England’s Nina Hughes for the women’s WBA bantamweight title, amidst initial confusion over the judges’ decision.

(Source: AFP)

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