George Kambosos roasts Ryan Garcia

George Kambosos Jr. handed Ryan Garcia a reality check Tuesday.

Australia's Kambosos, the unbeaten, undisputed lightweight world champion, responded to comments Garcia made about him on a recent episode of "Boxing with Chris Mannix." Kambosos, who defeated Teofimo Lopez last November 27 at Madison Square Garden's Hulu Theater in New York, urged his 23-year-old rival to focus on his upcoming fight. Victorville, California's Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) will take on Ghana's Emmanuel Tagoe on April 9 in a DAZN-streamed main event from Alamodome in San Antonio.

“Winners focus on winning, losers focus on winners,” Kambosos stated on Twitter. “You’ve done nothing in the sport except create a big social media presence so just keep working hard kid and focus on my boy Tagoe because he coming, you best believe that.”

Kambosos and Tagoe, who both share a manager in 2019/2020 Boxing Writers Association of America Manager of the Year nominee Peter Kahn, have sparred each other for years.

Lou DiBella, who promotes Kambosos, is currently partaking in negotiations with DAZN for Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) to battle undefeated WBC lightweight world champion Devin Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) on June 5 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Former three-division world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko was originally tabbed to face Kambosos, who holds the WBC's "franchise" belt, but withdrew from their fight in recent days as the former pound-for-pound king has chosen to remain in his native Ukraine to provide military assistance in their ongoing war against Russia.

Garcia, who has not fought since his seventh-round knockout of 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell 14 months ago, implied Kambosos fought a compromised version of Lopez, but managed to compliment him in the same breath.

“That was a very weird fight,” Garcia stated. “Don’t get me wrong, Kambosos, kudos to him for winning. I don’t think he’s as skillful as Teofimo. I still don’t think he’s as skillful. I think he caught Teofimo at the right time, that’s all. I really do believe that.”

“The thing that I like about Kambosos, he might not be the best talent, but he probably works super hard,” Garcia said. “He beat talent when talent didn’t work hard. You can never knock a guy on that. I wish that he makes a lot of money in the sport and that he can take care of his family forever.”

Clearly, Kambosos did not take it as a flattering remark.

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