Ukraine's Lomachenko beats Kambosos to win IBF lightweight crown boxing news

Two-time Olympic gold medalist 'Loma' stopped home favorite George Kambosos in the 11th round of the fight in Perth.

Ukrainian boxing great Vassily Lomachenko has won the International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight world title after producing a supreme performance to stop Australia's George Kambosos in the 11th round in Perth.

In the main event at the 15,000 RAC Arena on Sunday, heavy favorite Lomachenko defied the rowdy home crowd and dominated throughout.

“Loma”, as the two-time Olympic gold medalist is known, completely dominated the performance while Kambosos struggled to land his blows and hit the deck in the 11th round.

Lomachenko left the Australian bloodied and sealed the 135-pound belt after knocking down Kambosos multiple times in the 11th round before the referee stopped the fight.

“My plan was to keep pace with my opponent,” Lomachenko, who is in the final stages of his career, said after the fight.

“That's what I did in the fight. At the end of the round, I needed to finish strong. In the last three rounds, I was trying to find his body.

It was the first IBF lightweight belt in the illustrious career of the former World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion, who has also won world titles at featherweight and super featherweight.

“I am world champion again. I want to come back home and spend time with my family,” said the 36-year-old, who was worried about his future.

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'One of the best of all time'

Former champion Kambosos could not replicate the form of his famous upset of Teofimo Lopez at Madison Square Garden in 2021. His pre-fight taunt of sending Lomachenko into retirement failed.

“He is one of the best of all time. We tried our best, but he is a true champion,” said Kambosos, who lost for the third time in 24 matches.

“I put everything I had into it. I gave it everything in my training camp.

Both fighters had a point to prove after losing to American Devin Haney in recent years.

Kambosos, who walked to the ring to Eminem's song Till I Collapse, needed to rely on his tremendous striking and size advantage.

He came out aggressively and attacked Lomachenko's body, starting unusually slow at times.

Lomachenko clawed his way back into the contest via trademark lightning foot speed and counterpunching.

The ferocious Kambosos didn't calm down and taunted Lomachenko after landing a flurry of heavy blows to end the third round.

Undercard controversy

The partisan crowd was right behind the Australian, but southpaw Lomachenko increased the intensity in the middle rounds and landed a series of stinging left hands that stunned his opponent.

Lomachenko took control of the fight in the latter rounds, landing several powerful left jabs that caused Kambosos' right eye to bleed.

Lomachenko thought he had Kambosos down in the 11th, although it was ruled a slip, but then a dangerous body shot dropped the Australian at the count of eight.

Moments before Kambosos' trainer drew the towel, several more brutal blows prompted the referee to stop the fight, with Kambosos taking a knee in his own corner.

The clash was a long time coming, with plans falling through in 2019, with the fight canceled three years later when Russia's invasion of Ukraine caused Lomachenko to return home to his family.

In two world title bouts on the undercard, Mexican Pedro Guevara defeated Australia's Andrew Moloney with a controversial split decision to claim the interim WBC super flyweight belt.

A former champion battling a torn biceps, a saddened Moloney announced his retirement shortly after the fight.

“This game of mine is over. That's the last time you'll see me,” the 33-year-old said.

Australian Cherneka Johnson stripped England's Nina Hughes of her women's WBA bantamweight belt after winning their 10-round fight in a majority decision.

Confusion arose when the ring announcer initially gave the win to Hughes after misreading the scores.

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