MAXI HUGHES volition get the accidental to gain the biggest triumph of his vocation connected July 22.
The Briton faces erstwhile lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr astatine FireLake Arena successful Shawnee, Oklahoma.
For weeks it had been rumoured that the 2 would combat 1 different this summertime and connected Tuesday it was made official.
Kambosos precocious signed a multi-fight co-promotional woody with Top Rank who volition enactment successful conjunction with DiBella Entertainment and Ferocious Promotions. Hughes is presently a escaped cause aft parting from Matchroom who helium had worked successful tandem with for the past 2 years.
Hughes 26-5 (5) has been successful a affluent vein of signifier since 2020 and is unbeaten successful 7 fights. His three-year tally includes victories implicit Jono Carroll, Jovanni Straffon, Ryan Walsh and Kid Galahad. Beating Kambosos, whose lone losses person travel against Devin Haney, would instrumentality his vocation to caller heights.
“I’m excited to realise my imagination of warring successful the USA and to showcase my skills to a caller audience,” Hughes said. “I’ll bash what’s indispensable to get the win.”
July 22 volition beryllium the Yorkshireman’s archetypal combat successful 8 months. It volition beryllium 9 for Kambosos 20-2 (10) erstwhile the archetypal doorbell rings successful Oklahoma. The Australian reached to the apical of the upland erstwhile helium toppled Teofimo Lopez backmost successful November 2021. His stunning triumph astatine the Madison Square Garden Theatre thrust him into the sights of each starring contenders arsenic the antheral to beat.
However, his archetypal defence proved to beryllium a disappointing 1 erstwhile Devin Haney travelled to Australia to comfortably decision Kambosos successful Melbourne past June. A contractual rematch connected location ungraded gave ‘Ferocious’ archetypal ace astatine beating the talented American but their instrumentality bout successful October was much of the same. Haney proved yet again helium was a level supra his rival.
“I americium highly excited and motivated to marque a superior connection against Maxi Hughes successful my instrumentality combat successful the United States, the Mecca of boxing, unrecorded connected ESPN and Main Event PPV successful Australia,” Kambosos said.
“Having fought the champion lightweight boxers successful the world, I present cognize I person go an adjacent amended combatant and person added further artillery and weapons to my wide combat game. Maxi Hughes is simply a bully boxer, a pugnacious Englishman, and I’m definite helium volition effort his best, but I know, and helium knows that his champion volition not beryllium enough.
“Hughes is not elite, and erstwhile you person been successful determination with elite boxers similar I have, you prime up connected the mistakes successful a boxer similar Hughes.”
The main enactment bout to Kambosos-Hughes pits erstwhile 2020 Olympic metallic medallist Keyshawn Davis 8-0 (6) against two-time European lightweight champion Francesco Patera 28-3 (10).