Undefeated Lightweight contender George Kambosos Jr. (13-0-0, 7 KO’s) will headline tonight’s Broadway Boxing card from the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resorts and Casino in Connecticut when he takes on Jose Forero, (13-6-1, 11 KO’s) in a scheduled 10-round bout.
The card, which is promoted by Lou DiBella will be streamed live all over the world by SportsLive by visiting Live.DBE1.com.
For Kambosos who hails from Sidney, Australia his friends, fans and family back home will be able to wake up early Sunday morning local time to watch the all-action fighter fight forthe first time on U.S. soil.
DiBella formally announced last month the signing of Kambosos, who has chosen to focus
his career in the U.S. where he seeks bigger opportunities and to make a name for himself outside of Australia where he has become a large draw.
“It’s time to come to the U.S. to grow my career,” Kambosos said while en route from Los Angeles to Connecticut. “I became a big fish in a small pond as they say and now it’s time to make a move here to build our American fans, Greek fans and to fight in big buildings in the United States including New York.”
Kambosos has moved his training camp to the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles where he is trained by former heavyweight contender and fellow Australian Justin Fortune.
“We have prepared 110 percent for this fight and sparred 150 rounds in this camp against quality fighters,” Kambosos said. “I’ve sparred world champions and now I am more than ready for my American debut. I am coming with a bang and to make a statement to show Lou DiBella that he signed the right guy and then we can look at bigger and better fights.”
Kambosos is currently ranked No. 5 by the WBA and No. 11 by the WBO and is coming off a ninth-round stoppage of Krai Settaphone last October in Victoria, Australia.
Signing with DiBella is a major event in the life of the 24-year-old Kambosos who first started to extend his reach outside of Australia last year when he was chosen to be one of Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partners in preparation for Pacquaio’s WBO Welterweight world title defense against Jeff Horn.
Horn ended up winning a controversial decision catapulting his name into the mix with the most elite fighters in the sport.
Horn took issue in the media leading up to the bout with Pacquiao that as a fellow Australian Kambosos should not have went to camp to help Pacquiao defeat him.
“Working with Manny was a great experience for me and very good for my development as a young fighter,” said Kambosos. “Manny’s power is still there. The power is the last thing to go. I think he was a little off that night against Jeff. Maybe he took him lightly not in camp but mentally. Sitting ringside I thought Manny won but it’s boxing and I think they wanted to see be the next champion and he’s a clean-cut guy.”
Kambosos said his team is purposely taking a different route than the one Horn took to get his shot at stardom.
“They built him up there and the Pacquiao fight was the gamechanger,” Kambosos said. “We are taking a different path and coming to America to get the big fights. I believe I am the best fighter coming from Australia right now. I haven’t seen Jeff and I don’t have a reason to speak to him. I wish him luck in his fight against Terrence Crawford.”
Kambosos believes he is very close to getting a big break of his own and hopes to face England’s Anthony Crolla at some point this year if everything goes his way.
“Anthony is promoted by Eddie Hearn and I am with Lou. I know they don’t like each other but what better way to bring them together than by promoting this great fight.”
Kambosos said he will keep a close eye on Vasyl Lomachenko’s fight next week with Jorge Linares and also what Gervonta Davis will do next.
“If we get the call to face any of these guys I will be 110% ready,” vows Kambosos. “I train every day, twice a day. I don’t take days off.”
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