Taking a step away from the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight we take a look at an important all Australian clash. Qamil Balla and George Kambosos Jr. will meet on the undercard of the Joseph Parker vs Razvan Cojanu fight. This is a huge fight for both men.
The 27-year-old Balla (11-0-1 5 KO) will look to stop the hot streak of the Kambosos (11-0 6 KO). Balla is coming off of a win over Rodolfo Puente. He knocked him out in one round to win the interim WBA Oceania lightweight title. Kambosos is coming off of a 12-round decision over world-rated Perth fighter Brandon Ogilvie.
Kambosos has won the Australia – New South Wales State lightweight title, Australian lightweight title, PABA lightweight title, and the WBA Oceania lightweight title. They both have impressive resumes but who is going to see their hand raised on May 6.That represents the best win of his career. The best win for Balla was a 10 round unanimous decision win over Jack Brubaker. That is the only loss for Brubaker and it netted Balla the vacant Australian super lightweight title. A title which he defended once. He has also won the Australia – Victoria State super lightweight title.
Qamil Balla or George Kambosos Jr. for the win?
There isn’t much to separate these fighters. Balla has one more fight than Kambosos but they both have 11 wins. They both have similar power with Balla scoring five knockouts and Kambosos Jr. scoring six knockouts. Both men have won some professional titles and beat some quality opposition.
So picking a winner is a hard task. There are three things that should make you lean towards one of these fights. Kambosos is coming off the best win of his career. He went 12 rounds with a world rated fighter. That has to have his confidence sky high.
The second thing is Balla is coming up in weight to face the natural lightweight. Balla doesn’t have great power and moving up can take away his power even more. Kambosos seems to have average power but he is the bigger man and that leads us to the final point.
Balla has been down once in his career. In his first career fight, a 3-5-7 fight with no knockouts dropped him. He also was held to a draw. That has to be alarming to some degree.
Balla was in the ring less than two months ago while Kambosos has been out of the ring since December 2016. If there is any ring rust Balla might build a lead in the early rounds.
It was a tough picking a winner but George Kambosos Jr. is at his natural weight and coming off of his best win so he is the choice here.