Both fighters are looking to position themselves for a world title eliminator or title shot with the victory.
SYDNEY, AUS and TORONTO, ON – February 15, 2018 – Two title belts will be at stake April 11 in Sydney, Australia, in a collision of world-ranked lightweights at the 4,500-seat Quaycentre in Olympic Park.
Undefeated George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr., ranked No. 6 by the World Boxing Association, will defend his WBA Oceania championship on his home turf in the 12-round main event against current NABA lightweight champion and former world title challenger Tony “Lightning” Luis. Luis, a Canadian, is the WBA’s 11th-ranked lightweight.
The title fight will top a multi-bout card promoted by Australia-based Whack Promotions, in association with Liveco Boxing of Toronto.
“I’m thrilled to bring such a world-class fight to Sydney,” said Oliver Josecki, CEO of Whack Promotions. “Kambosos Jr. vs. Luis really is a massive and genuine fight. The winner will become a legitimate contender for the lightweight crown and I’m really looking forward to it. I want to thank all our sponsors and Liveco Boxing for making this fight happen. Bring on April 11th.”
Kambosos (13-0, 7 KOs), just 24, last fought in October, scoring four knockdowns in a ninth-round TKO victory over Thailand’s Krai Setthaphon (25-3) in Melbourne, Australia.
Kambosos prepared for that fight by sparring 45 rounds with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao, the 11-time world champion who was training to fight fellow Australian Jeff Horn.
“It will be a great fight, but I’m going to give this boy a boxing lesson,” said Kambosos Jr. “He’s just another guy in the way of my world title shot. Big thanks to Oliver from Whack Promotions for giving me this opportunity.”
Luis, 30, will arrive with a record of 25-3 (8 knockouts) and a six-fight winning streak, including a 10-round unanimous decision over Giovanni Straffon (14-3-1) in October and a 10-round dismantling of the previously undefeated Cam O’Connell (15-0 10 KO’s) in June to capture the NABA lightweight title in his hometown of Cornwall, Ontario.
“I am not coming to Australia to make friends, I’m coming to make fans,” said Luis. “He’ll teach me how to box? Cool. I’ll teach him how to fight. I’m not concerned with winning or losing. I’m coming to break something. He’s going to remember me for the rest of his life.”
Luis is unbeaten since 2015, when he lost a narrow, 12-round decision to British star Derry Matthews in a WBA lightweight world championship bout.
“This is the exact type of fight I’ve been looking to secure for Tony for quite some time,” said Denis Benoit, CEO of Liveco Boxing. “We have a lot of respect for the Australian boxing community, its fair regulation, and we’re coming to win. George is a talented boxer with quick hands and paramount confidence, much like the other top-rated undefeated prospects who have challenged Tony is the past, yet struggled to win a single round against him. It’s Tony Luis 2.0 and he’s never been better. Fight fans are in for a real treat on April 11th.”
Ticket information and undercard bouts will be announced shortly.