Unbeaten lightweight contender George Kambosos is aiming to unseat Teofimo Lopez on Saturday night – and then move forward with a unification against WBC world champion Devin Haney.
Kambosos will challenge Lopez for the WBO, WBA, IBF titles at the Hulu Theater in New York City.
Eddie Hearn, who promotes the Lopez-Kambosos card, is also the promoter for Haney.
The Aussie boxer is hoping Hearn can stage the fight with Haney in a huge stadium in Australia.
Haney himself has a defense scheduled for next month against former champion Joseph Diaz.
“Me and Haney have been talking as well. We’ve been chatting, we have that mutual respect for each other and I’m in his corner to win his fight, I’m hoping he wins his fight,” Kambosos said to The Sun.
“And he’s in my corner to win my fight, and you know what? We’re going to handle business and get it on. Whatever agreement the world thinks him and Lopez has, it’s not true. What makes more sense? And I know Eddie loves them big stadium fights, so it makes perfect sense.”
In 2017, A crowd of 50,000 turned up to watch Jeff Horn win an upset decision over Manny Pacquiao at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Kambosos believes a unification with Haney can exceed that attendance figure.
“There’s a better fight and a bigger fight in a stadium in Australia with 80,000 or 90,000 people. We all know Lopez isn’t a big seller, whatever he thinks he is, he isn’t. Instead of doing 20,000 people in the US, we can do 80,000-90,000 in Australia,” Kambosos said.
“I’m just focused, I’m not worried about any of that. I know that when I win all the belts, I’ll stand on top. I’ll be the emperor, they say the ‘four kings’ – the emperor outweighs everything, he’s the guy that’s gone to different nations and that’s what I’ve been doing.
“I’ve been in the US, I beat their guys, I went to the UK and beat their top guy, I’ve gone all overseas and now I’m here to beat the top guy in the US. For me, this is just business. I know there’s obviously been a lot of bad blood, he’s angry, which is great. I’m just super focused, cool, calm and collected. Whatever anger he wants to bring to the fight, beautiful, bring it.”