George Kambosos vs Maxi Hughes Agreed As Hughes Departs From Matchroom
Maxi Hughes will finally land the big fight he’s been begging for.
Multiple sources have confirmed to NoSmokeSport that Hughes has signed a contract to face the former unified lightweight champion Australia’s George Kambosos, with the bout likely to land in Australia in May or June.
Hughes had a career resurgence over recent years, upsetting world title challenger Jono Carroll, and unbeaten prospect Viktor Kotochigov. Hughes then started to add silverware, winning the British against Paul Hyland Jnr, and then the IBO Title against Jovanni Straffon.
The Yorkshire-based fighter has made two defences of his IBO Title, against Ryan Walsh, and in his last bout against Sheffield’s Kid Galahad. Hughes vacated the IBO title last year to land a title eliminator and now gets just that against Ozzie Kambosos, which will be an official eliminator for the IBF, and/or the WBC, with Hughes, ranked 9 and 12 in each sanctioning body.
Kambosos will look to bounce back against the tough Huges, after being comprehensively outboxed twice by now Undisputed Lightweight Champion Devin Haney last year. Kambosos won the unified title against Teofimo Lopez, in the upset of the year in 2021, at Madison Square Garden.
The Australian secured a huge payday to unify with WBC Champ Haney, at home in Australia, also including a big money rematch clause in the contract. The WBC number 6, and IBF number7, will now look to secure another title shot.
With Devin Haney likely only having 1 more fight at lightweight, the titles will likely become vacant at the end of this. Meaning the winner of this bout will be in a prime position to challenge for a vacant title and secure another big payday.
Now or never for Maxi Hughes down under.