IT was short-lived and it was entertaining, just as George Kambosos Jr. promised it would be.
The confident Sydney-resident strutted into the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket boasting an unbeaten professional ledger along with two regional baubles to boot.
Despite not offering either of his belts in a non-title fight against oversized Panamanian Jose Forero in his American debut, the 24-year-old left the local casino with a far heavier weight on his shoulders, the weight of expectation.
True to his word, Kambosos (now 14-0, 8 KOs) blitzed an overwhelmed Forero (now 13-7, 11 KOs), who attempted to fight fire with fire in a bizarre display of irrational decision making.
The hard-hitting import tried to test the mettle of the unbeaten Australian, trading hooks early. While he was able to catch his shorter opponent with a tight hook in the inside, Forero over-committed in the following exchange and was made to pay within seconds.
Kambosos showed his boxing IQ, timing an ill-informed Forero onto his signature right-handed lead uppercut. Forero hit the canvas heavy, leaning over while almost landing directly on his face.
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Although he appeared to be in no state to continue, Forero battled on and was floored a further time for his efforts. Kambosos swarmed and got a deserved stoppage win in the first round.
“I’ve been saying it the whole time. I’m going to make a statement,” said Kambosos to Steve Farhood in his post-fight interview. “Was that a big enough statement?”
“We took him out in a half a round. Does that show the power I possess?”
The fight was the first as part of a long-term deal brokered by advisor Peter Kahn, which sees the formerly world-rated Kambosos tied to prominent American promoter Lou DiBella.
Having shown his worth in the company’s trademark Broadway Boxing’ series, bigger fights now await Kambosos, who is looking to break back into the world ratings after losing his spot within the top ten of the WBA.
“I’ve got the biggest fan base in Australia. I could’ve easily sat back in Australia and built a record.” he continued.
“We’re signed to the biggest promoter in the world. We’re chasing the top dogs in the division now.”