In a contest that had much of the Australian public divided going in to the fight, many boxing pundits gave Kambosos little chance against the more experienced Brandon Ogilvie. Kambosos (11-0) was seen by many to be untested- and as such many favoured Ogilvie heading in to the bout. There had been plenty of bad blood in the lead up, and the hype surrounding the fight would prove to be justified. Kambosos had talked the talk, firing verbals at will during the press conferences, and at the weigh in.
Once inside the ropes, Kambosos fought when he had to fight, and boxed when he had to box- his excellent footwork proving critical in gaining a comprehensive points decision victory over 12 rounds. Throughout the contest, Kambosos was a lot shorter with his punches- allowing the pressing Ogilvie to get picked off as he'd come in. A frustrated Ogilvie wasn’t able to land near enough- and appeared wobbled once or twice throughout the bout. After the full 12 rounds the judges returned scorecards of 116-112, 119-110, and 118-110- all in favour of Sydney’s own Kambosos Jr.
In an exclusive interview with Australian Boxing Central, we caught up with the new WBA Oceania Lightweight Champion George Kambosos
That has to be the performance of your career so far. Many experts had it a genuine 50/50 fight. You put in a dominating performance. How were you so well equipped to handle the pressure of a big fight, and the skillset of Brandon Ogilvie? How would you rate that performance?
Kambosos Jr: “Obviously everyone is entitled to their opinion, and the experts are exactly that, experts, but the ones that tipped Ogilvie obviously got it wrong. I was always very confident leading up to this fight as I know my capabilities, I know my style and as I went to America to test myself with high world rated sparring was the icing on the cake that cemented in my own mind that I am elite. One thing with me and all the top athletes in the world they love pressure, they love doubters, and they certainly love proving people wrong. The more pressure, the bigger the fight the better performance you will get from ‘Ferocious’. I rate this performance very highly, as Ogilvie is a world rated fighter who came to fight, but because I am a perfectionist in my craft, and will never be fully satisfied and let my morals rest on this achievement until I have that World Title strap around my waist. I consistently continue to learn and perfect my craft, as I was back into the gym first thing Monday following the fight so I can do Australian boxing proud.”
You mentioned Billy Dib and that you'd like to "finish him off". Is there existing bad blood between you two, and what kind of outcome would you predict if you and Billy went to war?
Kambosos Jr: “That’s right I've been calling out Billy since my last three fights, because Billy has been playing the game he only knows behind the scenes on social media, and hoping for me to lose. So I'm totally out of the picture, which means I don't have any bragging rights to calling him out. Well guess what Billy? I'm still undefeated, I'm still world rated, and now I'm sitting at the top of the tree in the Lightweight division. I'm sure Australian boxing fans would agree with me that this is another fight that will lift Australian boxing to levels it should be at, as this is what I have set out to do - bring Australian boxing back into the spotlight. As for the prediction and outcome, the result, if Billy ever stepped up to the plate and took the fight? I would punish him from the first round, and I predict within three rounds there would be no more Billy Dib. But I have my doubts that he would ever take this fight.”
Kambosos Jr: “At this stage we are awaiting for the WBA world rankings to be released, but my goal along with my management will look at all options of fighting not only as I mentioned Billy Dib, but anybody in the top 10 of any sanctioning body in the Lightweight division. We have already set our sights on certain fighters in the WBA and made contact with their management, because I want to remain active and be back in the ring by February 2017 in another mouth-watering super fight, for not only Australian boxing fans but worldwide. The simple message for any of the current Lightweight world champions is that I'm the new kid on the block, I'm a threat to what you hold with what I want, so hold that strap tight because I'm coming to get it.”
All articles featured on the Australian Boxing Central website are written by Tai Tuiniua, and all interviews are conducted by Mark Franklin, unless stated otherwise.