Who is George Kambosos, the Australian who was Pacquiao’s sparring partner?

Erika Montoya Mexico City / 03.06.2022 19:05:00 The "Never Quit, Never Give Up" tattoo is a reminder to cha

Erika Montoya

Mexico City / 03.06.2022 19:05:00

The “Never Quit, Never Give Up” tattoo is a reminder to champion George of what his life has been like so far.

The boy started at age 11 as a tool to combat bullying who suffered in Australia for his Greek origin and his physique, is now nothing to become undisputed champion.

This weekend in Australia, the 28-year-old fighter will challenge Devin Haney for the World Boxing Council crown, the only one he needs in his collection to become the undisputed 135-pound champion. Kambosos since November 2021 became champion of the World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization by accounting for the fierce Teó fimo López.

But in order to achieve that status it was not easy for the fighter who had to leave Australia due to lack of opportunities and in California, in the gym of Freddie Roach, he found what he was looking for. In 2017 – just after Manny was defeated by Australian Jeff Horn – Kambosos joined the Filipino star’s team and his life changed.

Since they shared the ring in training sessions, where they shared more than 250 rounds, Pacquiao anticipated that Kambosos had a bright future.

That experience that he left being in the ring with the 12-time world champion left a deep teaching.

“Back then he told me I was going to become world champion and to hear that from an all-time great, to hear that from a guy like Manny Pacquiao, It gave me that extra boost,” Kambosos said this week within hours of going up to face long-undefeated Devin Haney.

Kambosos comes into this match with a record of 20-0 with 10 knockouts, while Haney is 27-0 with 15 knockouts.