In an exclusive interview with Australian Boxing Central, perhaps Australia's biggest personality in boxing, George 'Ferocious' Kambosos Jr, sat down to discuss his upcoming fight with the current WBA Oceania Lightweight Champion, Brandon Ogilvie.
This is a fight that puts Australia's top two lightweights against each other in a contest that has the fans divided across the country. With you and Ogilvie having your fair share of trash talk in the lead up how much of this fight is personal for you?
Kambosos: Every fight and opponent that stands in my way (this one is no different) is personal to me. I work harder than anybody else out there and I have my sights set on bigger and greater challenges. Ogilvie stands in my way; and whoever stands in my way is trying to take everything I've worked so hard for- he's trying to take the food off my table. It's liking trying to take food off a lion that hasn't eaten in 6 months. It will be one result- the lion will always get his prey and Ferocious Kambosos will always get his prey.
The last time you two met, both you and Brandon fought against each other in the amateur ranks- in a fight that Brandon won. Do you think fighting each other in the pro boxing circuit, it will suit your fight style better?
Kambosos: I beat Brandon in the amateurs as well and the other victory he had was a gifted win by all the amateur judges and officials. So all his claims mean very very little to me. Thats why it's called amateurs- now we are professionals, we're not 15 year old boys fighting 3x2min rounds for free. We're men fighting 12x3min rounds. Like I've stated in the past my style was always suited to the pros even when I was an amateur. Friday night all the fans will see the real professional and same old amateur that never changed. THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE!
You're one of Australia's most colourful boxing characters- and you have a loyal fanbase who are committed to the cause. How do you market yourself to the public?
Kambosos: I'm real, I say it the way I see it, I show the work I put it in and how hard I train if I'm fighting or not. Like I said- I take my craft seriously; if I didn't I wouldn't be in this position. This country has never seen a fighter of my style, my charisma, my work ethic and my determination for a very long time. To be the best and to reach the greatest pinnicle this sport has to offer. My fans love me and my haters love me as well- because they sit there and watch everything I do. My number 1 fan at the moment is non other than Brandon Ogilvie who has seen every single Instagram snap and post I have put up throughout this preparation. So what does that tell you when people sit, talk and watch every move I make on social media- even my opponent doesn't stop watching. That shows in itself how marketable I am.
In recent months you've moved to LA, and complete your training camps there. How has the experience been- sparring some top guys and utilising high end facilities?
Kambosos: The USA is the Mecca of boxing- it's where my calling is and where I went to test myself against the best of the best in the world, and passed with flying colours. I look forward to fighting over in the USA as of next year. That experience I got from that rigorous 6 week training and sparring camp was invaluable- something I would have never got here; like I said I went there to test myself as this was the plan when I got to 10-0.
To tune in to watch Brandon Ogilvie vs George Kambosos Jr on Friday night, head to www.liveboxing.com.au to watch the full fight live!
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.