George Kambosos’ heart would have skipped a beat on hearing a judge’s verdict, but the Australian boxing star managed to beat Lee Selby in his fight at Wembley Stadium in the UK.
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Fortunately for the 27-year-old from Down Under, the other two judges saw things differently and after Kambosos had emptied his tank, he celebrated a 118-110, 116-112, 114-115 victory.
“I can’t understand the 115-114 on the scorecard … in the end he (Kambosos) completely outwitted Lee Selby,” said a Sky Sports commentator on the air.
Kambosos is now unbeaten in 19 professional fights and Manny Pacquiao’s former sparring partner has secured his place in the ring against Teofimo Lopez, where the duo will fight for the world title after Lopez defeated Vasiliy Lomachenko last month.
“I told you I would. I’m too fast, too strong, too aggressive, too smart, too powerful – everything, ”said Kambosos after the win over Sky Sports.
“World No. 1, mandatory. Lopez, you know what it is now. Let’s do it down under. Two warriors, two lions, let’s go to war. Let’s do it – I want this fight.
“This is a great moment… I am so happy.
“I will train tonight, I promise you I will train tonight because I want this world title. I’m coming.”
Former featherweight champion Selby got off to a strong start and both fighters moved well in the opening exchanges before Kambosos took up promotion in the middle of the fight and didn’t give in.
The Aussie’s punches did more and more damage as the fight progressed, landing some heavy body shots and rocking Selby late in the eighth round.
Former Australian featherweight Joel Brunker was full of praise for his compatriot. “Congratulations to Kambosos. Well boxed and deserved the win, ”he tweeted.
Martial arts reporter Jonathan Snowden said on Twitter that it was “an embarrassment” that some television commentators thought Selby had been deprived of a deserved victory.
Fellow Journalist Liam Harpe added, “Kambosos didn’t expect to wait until lap six to put it in higher gear, but when he did he was on top to the very end. Selby got a couple of social media cards, just like a judge. I am not exactly sure how. ”
Broadcaster Dave O’Grady said: “How on earth was Selby versus Kambosos a split decision?”
Veteran boxing writer Dan Rafael said he believed Kambosos was the “rightful winner”.
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