Kambosos Jr to exercise the rematch clause for Haney fight says Lou DiBella


The unified lightweight boxing champion of the world, George "Ferocious" Kambosos Jr, return to Melbourne, Australia, for his first title defence against undefeated US superstar Devin "The Dream" Haney in front of a massive crowd at an electric Marvel Stadium.

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George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr at Marvel Stadium in front of 41,192 people

The American slick skills and smart tactical nous won the day in front of a strong pro-Kambosos crowd. The Greek-Australlian put his WBO / WBA / IBF and Ring Magazine belts on the line and was thoroughly beaten, losing by the scores 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110.This was his first loss in 21 professional fights. Geroge hasn't been beaten since he was an amateur fighter.

(Video) Behind-the-scenes photos of Kambosos Jr title defence.

George Kambosos Jr Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Australia.

Promoter Lou DiBella says the recently dethroned former unified lightweight champion "Ferocious" will likely be exercising his rematch clause for a second fight against Devin Haney in Australia.

The Greek-Australian says, "I'm going to change a few things and get him back for a rematch later this year."

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Talk of a rematch started within minutes of the judges’ verdict.

After the fight ended in the ring Jim Kambosos and Haney's father, Bill, exchanged a few heated words, an apparent reference to the trash talk between the two camps in previous days, but the two fighters were respectful.

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Jim Kambosos and Bill Haney exchanging a few words post match.

The lightweight champion’s boxing journey started when he was only 11-years-old. Self-admittedly overweight as a child, "Ferocious" found himself struggling to keep his fitness up while playing rugby league in Sydney’s southern suburbs.

George enters the ring carrying two flags, the Australian Flag but he is a also a proud Greek and his heritage is undeniable.

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Kambosos Jr carries the Australian and Greek flags into the ring at each fight.

Photo gallery of George Kambosos Jr at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Australia.

Images by Nick Bourdaniotis / Bourdo Photography for Greek City Times (Copyright)

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Born in Nambour, Queensland, Nick Bourdaniotis grew up in Brisbane till 2001 and then moved to Sydney. Nick's passion for photography began from a young age and his unique and artistic approach to capturing a moment in time ensures his images are always a standout. In his late 30s, his peers pushed him into being a professional photographer as he was taking amazing holiday photos from around the world and here in Sydney. In his mid-40s, Nick's photos were recognized internationally in the Greek community and used in international and local Australian-based publications. Photographing for St Spyridon College is when Nick took his first iconic global photo, the college's year 12 prefect students walking onto the opera house forecourt for the 25th March celebrations in 2015. For the next three consecutive years, Nick photographed iconic photos of the 25th March in Sydney that went viral worldwide. Mid 2016, Greek City Times employed Nick as a photographer. Over the next year, he earnt the title of Greek City Times' Director of Photography and Videography, which he still carries today. Greek City Times is a global media publication outlet. Nick also worked as the photographer for "My Greek Odyssey" TV travel show in Greece, which airs to over 50 million people worldwide. Nick was the lead photographer for the state funeral of the late Archbishop of Australia Stylianos and captured the funeral service and burial for archival and media purposes worldwide. Nick has been photographing significant events for The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia since 2015. In Sydney and Greece, Nick also captures moving moments in time for The Hellenic Incentive (THI), which in 2020 in Greece will work with the associated partners to document the homeless and various charity organizes THI partner within the incentive program. In 2019 Nick was asked to photograph an Australian fashion designer, Thessi Kouzoukas, from Sabba Shirts, which were amazing with Greece as its backdrop. Nick has been asked to photograph famous people, singers or entertainers because of his unique photography. In early 2020 Nick was a fully accredited photographer for the Australian Open tennis, in which he photographed the games of the Greek players and of heritage for publication in Greek City Times. Also, in 2022 Nick was George Kambosos Jr's official photographer at the lightweight world title fight in Melbourne, Australia. Nick's photos of The Greek Presidential Guard (Evzones) have been referred to as the best seen, and these photos have been published in books documenting the history of the Evzones. The most recent publication was the 150 years book of the Evzones released by the Presidential Guard Greece. Nick's versatility and professionalism have earned him an excellent reputation and a loyal high-profile clientele worldwide. Nick is not one to enter competitions or exhibitions as he leaves it up to his critics to judge his artistic unique way of photography. He has always said in his early 50's he will start to exhibit his work across Australia and aboard, as he has a few major exhibitions in the making. In 2021 Nick launched his photographic exhibition around Australia titled "The Evzones Collection" This photo exhibition endorsed by the Greek Presidential Guard and the Hellenic General Staff of National Defence has over 28 beautifully selected photos capturing and portraying the Evzones in a truly remarkable light. In 2023 The Evzones Collection photo exhibition will be exhibited in Athens and then around Greece. Nick's art uniquely evokes Hellenic pride with his images that are published all over the world.