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Lomachenko new world champion

Lomachenko new world champion

By William Dumoulin

Photo credit: Top Rank Boxing

Saturday evening, at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia, Top Rank Boxing presented us with a clash between Vasyl Lomachenko (18-3, 12 KO) and the Australian, George Kambosos (21-3, 10 KO). This was a crucial fight for both as it was likely their last chance to become world champions again, with the IBF and IBO lightweight titles on the line in this duel.

From the first bell we saw that Lomachenko was in another league compared to Kambosos. The Ukrainian used his agility, speed and incredible footwork to get inside, throw quality shots, and then emerge without much damage. The fight ended in the 11th round, as the Australian succumbed to Lomachenko's body shots.

Now the new IBF and IBO lightweight champion, Lomachenko may be able to dream of a unification fight against current WBC lightweight champion Shakur Stevenson. Another possible unification could take place against the winner of the vacant WBO title in the category, since that title will be contested next Saturday between Emanuel Navarette and Denis Berinchyk. However, it will be necessary to monitor whether the IBF will order the new champion to defend his title against the organization's mandatory challenger, William Zepeda.

In the evening's semi-final, WBA bantamweight champion Nina Hughes (6-1, 2 KOs) defended her title against former world champion Cherneka Johnson (16-2, 6 KOs). The Australian managed to win by winning by majority decision (96-96, 98-92, 95-95) and seize the title from Hughes.

To open the main card, former world contender, Andrew Moloney (26-4, 16 KOs), had the chance to get his hands on the WBC interim light flyweight title against former world champion, Pedro Guevara (42-4-1, 22 KOs). The latter caused the surprise and won by split decision (115-113 X 2, 113-116).

An undercard fight was one to watch for Quebec boxing fans. Former Olympian Imam Khataev (7-0, 7 KOs), who is signed by Eye of the Tiger, had quite the challenge as he faced light heavyweight “Gatekeeper” Ricards Bolotniks (20-8 -1 KO). Imam passed the test with flying colors, winning by TKO in the 8th round.

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