Lomachenko vs. Kambosos Back On?
Lomachenko and George Kambosos were on the verge of a bout in June 2022, but Lomachenko withdrew from the fight due to the ongoing Russian invasion of his homeland, Ukraine. Bob Arum, the promoter, revealed that the 35-year-old had reservations about competing for the remainder of the year for the same reason.
Subsequently, Lomachenko did secure a match against Jamaine Ortiz in October, which he won by unanimous decision. Now, following his unanimous decision loss to Devin Haney in May, he's determined to bounce back, and there's growing speculation that a showdown with Kambosos might finally materialize.
Regardless of the outcome, these rumors have not escaped the attention of Shakur Stevenson. Whatever the next step for Lomachenko may be, it appears that fans can rule out one high-profile opponent in the mix.
Shakur Stevenson's Potential Opponent Revealed on Social Media
In a now-deleted tweet on Saturday, Keyshawn Davis appeared to allude to a potential upcoming bout between Shakur Stevenson and Frank Martin, currently in negotiation. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum had previously indicated this month that the possibility of Stevenson facing Vasiliy Lomachenko had closed. Both Isaac Cruz and Frank Martin hold the third and fourth positions, respectively, in the WBC rankings, positioning one of them as a potential opponent for Stevenson to vie for the vacant WBC lightweight title.
Stevenson's most recent bout was in April, where he secured a TKO victory over Shuichiro Yoshino in the sixth round. Following this performance, Bleacher Report's Lyle Fitzsimmons identified Martin as one of the most logical choices for the 26-year-old when he returned to the ring. While neither Stevenson nor the undefeated contender from Detroit, Frank Martin, have engaged in hostile exchanges, there has been subtle banter between the fighters or their camps, fostering anticipation for a showdown that has the potential to stand out in the lightweight division.