George Kambosos Jr pulled off one of the biggest upsets in boxing this year. Now he has a tough decision to make on who he will fight next.

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George Kambosos Jr stunned the boxing world by beating Teofimo Lopez by split decision to claim the WBO, IBF, WBA (Super) and The Ring belts.

They said it would be a walk in the park for Lopez. A Kambosos win drifted out to as far as $13 before the first bell of the fight. Lopez told his fans to bet on a first-round knockout, and in trying so hard to finish what he thought would be an easy fight early, found himself on the canvas and behind heading into Round 2.

To put in perspective just how hard this fight would be to win for Kambosos, two of the three judges scored the first round 10-9 proving he wouldn’t only need to overcome the man in front of him, but the hometown bias of the three judges sitting ringside.

But as Kambosos picked Lopez apart and wore his best shots, the now-former champion started to become frustrated. His corner couldn’t decide what he should do with their advice changing every other minute. In the end, he needed to treat Kambosos with more respect. His opening round set the tone for the fight, and it was one of assumption. Lopez assumed he’d eventually win the fight and take the belts home.

Instead, Kambosos kept coming. He pinched four belts and gained thousands more fans in a fight that will go down as one of the best in boxing this year, and one of the best in Australian boxing history.

So, what now for the 28-year-old?

Kambosos’ Next Fight?

“I’m the kind of fighter that’s, like, ‘What’s next? What’s the next challenge?’ What can we do bigger than this now? That’s the kind of fighter I am. It’s good, I think I’ll enjoy it for a couple of days and then we’ll focus on what’s next.” – George Kambosos Jr

There is no rematch clause so it’s up to Kambosos whether or not he pursues a second battle with Lopez. He will have plenty of other options with the lightweight division lining up to fight him next.

Devin Haney and Joseph Diaz do battle for the WBC belt this weekend with the winner then available for a juicy unification fight. Haney is a $1.20 favourite to win the bout and presents as an appealing option for Kambosos next. Haney’s promoter Eddie Hearn has already talked about the idea of Devin fighting Kambosos provided he gets the job done this weekend. Nevertheless, Kambosos has already said he’s “too fast, too sharp” and “too strong” for Haney regardless of the result.

Vasiliy Lomachenko will be of great interest to Kambosos. Again, that’s provided he beats Richard Commey in December. An amateur/pro legend and a fighter Teofimo Lopez beat, it’s the sort of fight that can further propel Kambosos into the limelight. It’s one of his tougher options. Kambosos beat Lopez in a war. He went toe-to-toe with a scrapper and frustrated him into defeat. Lomachenko, on the other hand, is one of the smartest fighters in boxing and has the footwork to outmaneuver any opponent.

Shakur Stevenson was quick to call the Aussie out after having his arm raised in victory. Stevenson makes for another tough fight with his defensive prowess offering a different challenge to that of the scrappier and hard-hitting Lopez. Stevenson calls his defence the best in boxing and claimed to be the “next Floyd”. With what we saw over the weekend, his defence will need to be top-notch if he ends up in the ring with Kambosos.

Another fighter quick with his thumbs on the night, Ryan Garcia presents as an appealing option despite his inactivity.

Garcia was meant to be fighting Diaz but was forced to withdraw with a hand injury. Having not fought since beating Luke Campbell in seven rounds at the start of last year, it’s a big call for Garcia to circle Kambosos as his “return fight”. It makes a lot of sense for Kambosos, though. Garcia is relatively inexperienced and will be rusty if he doesn’t take a tune-up fight before this one. With the name recognition and the number of fans Garcia alone can add to a card, it’s an attractive option for Kambosos in and out of the ring.

Kambosos has a decision to make. The one he has made already, however, is that the challenger will be coming to Australia if he wants a chance at taking all four belts home.

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