Todd DuBoef says Vasiliy Lomachenko is facing a big decision whether to return to the ring and face the winner of the undisputed lightweight clash between George Kambosos Jr. and Devin Haney.
Top Rank President DuBoef said Sky Sports that Lomachenko is back in training in Ukraine, having returned home earlier this year to take up arms together with Oleksandr Usyk and the Klitschko brothers to defend their country in the midst of the ongoing Russian invasion.
The two-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist has missed the chance to face Kambosos Jr earlier this year due to the war and DuBoef plans to speak with the 34-year-old after Sunday morning’s fight in Melbourne between WBA Super, WBO and IBF champion. Kambosos Jr. and WBC title holder Haney.
“We just talked to his advisor, who told us that he has enough training in Ukraine,” DuBoef said. “It simply came to our notice then.
“We offered him the Battle of Cambodia and he said,‘ I pass, I want to stay and support my country. ’We all respected that and Haney ended it.
“He will have to find out in his own head and with his family and his country where he wants to come on Saturday night, when there is a winner determined whether he wants to return to the lottery for his profession or whether he wants to stay in the countryside with all civilians there, protecting them and being as helpful as possible.
“I think because of the sensitivity of the issue, it’s a personal matter, it’s neither you nor me or what we believe.
“It’s really about what Vasiliy believes and when he made that determination that ‘I’m at peace with my decision.’ And as we all know, it’s him who enters the ring, not us.
“Obviously we want him mentally in the greatest shape he can be and physically, so I think he has to be at peace with the decision he makes.
“He has to do it. We can only give you a chance.”
Kambosos Jr and Haney were involved in some heated exchanges prior to their undisputed attack, live on Sky Sports.
Kambosos Jr (20-0) claimed the WBA Super, WBO and IBF world lightweight belts with a shared decisive victory over the previously undefeated Teofimo Lopez in an epic conflict in New York last November, and now returns to boxing in his homeland for the first time in five years against undefeated Haney (27-0).
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“It has a really great feel to it,” DuBoef said. “It’s Melbourne, it’s the Marvel Stadium, it’s all about having a comeback with someone who is the unified champion, and then bringing in one of the best, top fighters to unite them all with the WBC title.
“I think it’s one of those perfect ingredients that comes together to make a Down Under pot, a stew that should be a great TV show for all of us and an incredible match.
“I think we’re really seeing a big run of these unification of titles and this is just continuing that.
“The best want to fight the best. We see that the fighters and the managers really go for their legacy and they put aside a lot of fighting and the beating and social posters. They just go ahead and just do. Matches.
“It’s going to be a wonderful, amazing attack. This split between 130 lbs. And 140 lbs. Tea, there’s just so much magic that can happen there. “