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Lomachenko makes a point stopping Kambosos Jr to win IBF Lightweight title | Boxing News

THE RESULT: Vasiliy Lomachenko wins the vacant IBF Lightweight title at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia stopping George Kambosos Jr at 2.49 in round 11. His first win inside the distance since a ninth round TKO win over Masayoshi Nakatani three years ago.

KEY MOMENTS: There was a menace to Lomachenko at times against Kambosos. The Ukrainian needed to prove a point and the body shots which put the Aussie down in the penultimate round and ended the fight served as a warning to his rivals.

RECORDS: Lomachenko moves to 18-3 (12 KOs) while Kambosos Jr now sits at 21-3 (10 KOs).

TALKING POINT: One year on from the loss to Devin Haney many wondered if the manner of the defeat combined with the time away would have taken something from Lomachenko. The 36-year-old answered everyone emphatically but only against a higher level of competition will we know what exactly he has left.

QUOTABLE: “Today I am again world champion and this world title is for my father… I want to say a big thank you and appreciate to him. He built me, he trained me… this is for my father,” Lomachenko said.

“I’m the mould of Arturo Gatti, Mickey Ward. We don’t take easy fights. He’s [Lomachenko] one of the best of all-time. He deserves that belt,” Kambosos said.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? At the latter stage of his career, motivation will be key for Lomachenko. Shakur Stevenson, Gervonta Davis and the winner of next week’s bout between Emanuel Navarrete and Denys Berinchyk would tick the box for his next fight. Lomachenko vs. Stevenson or Davis would be a thrilling sight for boxing fans.

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