Cornwall’s Luis heads to Australia for WBA title eliminator
Tony Luis (25-3-0) has been calling for a big fight. Ask and you shall receive.
Liveco Boxing and Whack Promotions announced a bout between Cornwall’s Luis and Australia’s George Kambosos Jr. (13-0-0) at the Quaycentre in Olympic Park for April 11.
Luis will be putting his NABA lightweight title up against Kambosos Jr’s WBA Oceania championship.
“I’m thrilled to bring such a world-class fight to Sydney,” said Oliver Josecki, CEO of Whack Promotions via press release. “Kambosos Jr. vs. Luis really is a massive and genuine fight. The winner will become a legitimate contender for the lightweight crown and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Both Luis, the 11th ranked fighter in the WBA’s lightweight division, and Kambosos Jr, the sixth ranked lightweight in the WBA, will be looking to position themselves for a world title opportunity against the WBA lightweight champion, Jorge Linares.
“It will be a great fight, but I’m going to give this boy a boxing lesson,” said Kambosos Jr. in a press release. “He’s just another guy in the way of my world title shot.”
Kambosos, 24, last fought in October of 2017, scoring four knockdowns in a ninth-round TKO victory over Thailand’s Krai Setthaphon (25-3).
Luis, 30, brings a six-fight winning streak into the bout, including a unanimous decision victory over Giovanni Straffron (14-3-1) in October and an impressive victory over previously unbeaten Canadian fighter Cam O’Connell.
“I am not coming to Australia to make friends, I’m coming to make fans,” Luis said. “He’ll teach me how to box? Cool. I’ll teach him how to fight. I’m not concerned with winning or losing. I’m coming to break something. He’s going to remember me for the rest of his life.”