Via Huck Allen: Vasyl Lomachenko is trying to find a way out of Ukraine to face undisputed lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. in June.
Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) needs to find a way to safely leave Ukraine, where he is defending his country from the Russian invasion.
However, leaving the country to start training camp in the US will not be an easy task for former triple world champion Lomachenko, because the men between 18 and 60 are required. must fight.
Leaving Ukraine could prove to be difficult for Lomachenko and very dangerous. On the other hand, staying to defend is also very dangerous for Loma, so he is really in a dilemma.
How does Lomachenko continue to focus on his training, given what is happening in his country? Lomachenko’s continued participation in a full training camp without distraction could prove problematic, especially when watching entire cities get razed by Russian military machines.
Assuming Lomachenko leaves Ukraine, it is likely he will see things very differently when he returns to his country after facing the Kambosos on June 5.
If Lomachenko fails to leave, the Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) will likely face WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney on June 5 in a major stadium match in Melbourne, Australia.
Haney’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, sounded optimistic on Tuesday that he will fight the Kambosos.
Of course, Hearn thinks two-time Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko will stay in Ukraine.
“Efforts are being made to allow Loma to leave the training camp so the undisputed title fight could get underway on June 5 in Australia,” Mike Coppinger.
“Under martial law in Ukraine, fit men between the ages of 18 and 60 are prohibited from leaving the country to assist in the defense against Russia.”
Lomachenko will receive a lot of criticism if he leaves Ukraine to fight the Kambosos.
With all the abuse Lomachenko will have to receive from boxing fans for leaving his country during the war, you could argue that he was better off staying in Ukraine and fighting until bitter in the end.
Leaving now would look terrible, seeing how much his country needed people they could get. The dangers of trying to get out of Ukraine are also a necessary factor that Lomachenko must consider because it can be dangerous.
It would be like some like 34-year-old Lomachenko running away from the war, using the battle with the Kambosos as an excuse to avoid a skirmish against the massive Russian army.
“The officials involved requested that the Kambosos rival be locked down by the end of March to allow for the typical eight-week promotion,” Coppinger said.
“If nothing is clear about the possibility of Lomachenko leaving Ukraine next week, negotiations with Devin Haney will become more intense.”