THE mouth watering matchup between world rated lightweights Brandon Ogilvie and George Kambosos Jr. is off.
While the particulars are yet to be released, it appears as if a contract dispute and a lack of funding from initial event promoter Whack Promotions has caused the tentatively scheduled December 4th fight to fall over.
The 22-year-old Ogilvie (16-1, 8 KOs) will now divert his attention to a defence of his WBA Oceania lightweight bauble against hard-nosed Thai import Amphon Suriyo in Bunbury, Western Australia on October 15th.
Suriyo, 28, is no stranger to Australian shores courtesy of his impressive performance against former IBF featherweight titleholder Billy Dib in June, who Suriyo pushed the distance in a competitive decision loss.
With an eye-raising performance in his last outing in Australia, Ogilvie’s team are expecting a hard fight.
“Suriyo has eighteen wins and fourteen knockouts with only one loss, so we know this is a real fight,” said Ogilvie’s father Brad. “He gave Billy Dib a hard fight so we expect the same fighter to turn up against Brandon.”
The Indigenous ace is committed to keeping his world rating and position as arguably Australia’s best lightweight. Although he will not get the opportunity to verify this in December, he will continue to seek big fights.
“As a team we agreed to clean up our own backyard before we head overseas,” said Ogilvie’s manager Brendan Bourke. “And that is the reason why we took on – and convincingly beat – Australian champion Darragh Foley,”
Ogilvie appeared set to partake in a two-fight deal with Sydney-based promotional outfit Whack Promotions that was scheduled to culminate in the aforementioned fight against the undefeated and world rated Kambosos.
However, a dispute between the Sydney-based promoter and Ogilvie’s camp has placed the fight in limbo.
“I don’t want to go into this too much, it’s very disappointing,” concluded Bourke. “The promoter failed to execute a major condition of the contract – even though they had several time extensions – and that’s why it’s fallen over.”
“It’s a fight our team still wants so maybe it is possible the deal could be salvaged or maybe another promoter might put it on. But right now we need to concentrate on October 15th and Amphon Suriyo. This is a tough fight.”
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