HEROIC boxing star Vasyl Lomachenko has decided to continue fighting on the Ukrainian front after turning down a world title fight against George Kambosos Jr.
The three-weight world champion, 34, is one of several Ukrainian sporting icons to make it joined the fight to defend their nation after the Russian invasion.
And the two-time Olympic champion refuses to leave the country as he has chosen to continue fighting on the battlefield rather than in the boxing ring.
It was reported last week how Lomachenko’s team wanted to pull him out of Ukraine so he can prepare for a showdown against undefeated Australian ace Kambosos Jr in June.
But light competition will have to wait with Kambosos Jr tweet Lomachenko to “stay safe” while paying his respects to his rival.
He said: “I respect your decision and I fully understand it and I pray for you and your country.
“Please stay healthy and when I wipe the floor with Devin [Haney], we will make this fight between two real champions. God bless.”
Kambosos Jr now aims for a match-up against American Devin Haney in an undisputed competition.
Sydney native Lou DiBella’s promoter has stated that he has nothing but admiration for Lomachenko.
He said ESPN: “How can anyone question, the fight they are going through right now is way bigger than any boxing match.
“We made a deal with him, the deal was literally made before the invasion, we wanted to give him every chance within our allowed timeline.
“We have the utmost respect for his decision. Kambosos wanted to make sure Lomachenko had enough time to make up his mind once the deal was finalized.
“We said the whole time that we would try to make the biggest fights and that’s what we did today.”
Commenting on a possible fight against WBC Haney, Kambosos Jr tweeted: “You were offered it months ago and you’ve been messing around.
“Meanwhile, the great man Vasyl Lomachenko made it very easy to do whatever it takes to make it happen and it was a done deal.
“But Loma has a bigger fight now that I totally respect, so let’s see how much of your word is true.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17999217/lomachenko-ukraine-front-line-kambosos-jr/ Lomachenko refuses to leave the Ukrainian frontline after the boxing hero was offered a world title fight with Kambosos Jr