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Who is on the Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. George Kambosos undercard?


Two former lightweight champions look to return to the top of the division when Vasiliy Lomachenko faces George Kambosos Jr. for the vacant IBF title on May 11 in Australia.

The 12-round bout, plus undercard action, will air on ESPN+ in the U.S.

Lomachenko (17-3) started competing for titles early, winning featherweight gold in just his third professional fight. The Ukrainian dominated the lightweight scene for years until Teofimo Lopez beat him in a shocker in 2020 to become the unified champion.

Shortly after that setback, the 36-year-old Lomachenko put his career on hold to defend his country against Russian aggression. He worked his way back up the rankings but lost a close contest against undisputed champion Devin Haney. 

Kambosos (21-2) fights in his home country for the third time in four fights. After beating Lopez for unified gold, he lost to Haney twice for undisputed status. A controversial points win over Maxi Hughes in July 2023 kept him afloat as a contender and gave the Australian this opportunity against Lomachenko.

WATCH: Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. George Kambosos, exclusively on ESPN+

“This is the guy who was formerly the pound-for-pound No. 1 fighter in the world, a three-division world champion, a two-time Olympic gold medallist,” Kambosos told Sky Sports. “So we totally understand his accolades, we respect him, of course, with what he’s done, and outside of boxing, he’s a very good figure for sport… As a man, as a person, as a fighter, you can’t fault the guy. 

“But with all that respect, when it comes down to May 12, that respect is out the window, and I’m coming to take his head out, and I’m sure he’s going to come and do the same thing to me.”

Multiple titles are up for grabs on the undercard, including an interim world championship fight between two former champions. 

Here’s a breakdown of all the action on the Lomachenko vs. Kambosos card.

The co-main event will be Andrew Moloney vs. Pedro Guevara for the interim WBC super flyweight title. 

Between June 2020 and August 2021, Moloney (26-3) competed in an uneventful and controversial trilogy against Joshua Franco in bouts for the WBA “regular” super flyweight title. He went 0-2 with one no-contest.

Last year, the amiable Australian was nailed by the Knockout of the Year, which was delivered by Junto Nakatani in a WBO super flyweight title fight. Moloney has since bounced back with a win over Judy Flores.

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Guevara (41-4-1) is a former WBC light flyweight champion who recently moved to the super flyweight division. In November 2023, the Mexican contender had a 10-fight win streak snapped by Carlos Cuadras, who beat him on a split decision. Cuadras was supposed to face Moloney but withdrew after suffering an Achilles injury.

Nina Hughes defends the WBA bantamweight title against Cherneka Johnson.

The Essex-born Hughes, 41, has won two fights via knockout. A four-time national champion, she captured Commonwealth gold in her third pro fight and the WBA bantamweight belt in her fifth. She now looks to defend the latter for a second time. 

Johnson (15-2) is a multi-time national champion and had three Golden Glove wins. The Australia-based New Zealander is 2-2 in her last four fights. She won and lost the IBF super bantamweight title during that span and this will be her first fight in almost a year.

Opening the main card will be Imam Khataev vs. Ricards Bolotniks

A 2020 Olympic bronze medalist, Khataev (6-0) has a 100-percent knockout-to-win ratio. The Russian prospect looks for his second win of 2024 after claiming the NABF light heavyweight title in January. 

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Bolotniks (20-7-1) is a former hockey player-turned-fighter and he has eight wins via knockout. The Latvian star is 2-2 in his last four fights, with both wins going the distance. 

Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. George Kambosos airs on May 11 in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET.

The Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. George Kambosos main card will air on ESPN+ in the U.S. The undercard will air exclusively on ESPN+. 

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