Perth to host IBF world title bouts

Perth to host IBF world title bouts
Perth to host IBF world title bouts

Perth will host the International Boxing Federation’s lightweight world title bout between George Kambosos Jr and Vasiliy Lomachenko on Sunday May 12 at RAC Arena. 

While two other world titles have been earmarked for the card, all eyes will be on this vacant title bout, as Kambosos Jr, an Australian fighter with a 21-2 record, looks to extend his run of success. 

Ukrainian Lomachenko (17-3) is a three-time professional world champion, and went 396-1 during his amateur career, which included two Olympic gold medals. He also spent time serving in Ukraine’s military during the early stages of Russia’s invasion in 2022. 

The full card is expected to be televised in more than 100 countries, including into the lucrative US pay-per-view market. 

Tourism Minister Rita Saffioti said the event was likely to provide a solid contingent of tourists to Western Australia.

“We know that major sporting events like this attract thousands of out-of-state visitors, generating millions of dollars for the local economy, and shine a huge international spotlight on our state,” she said.

“We make no secret of our ambition for WA to become the fastest-growing events destination in the South-East Asian region and this Australian-exclusive triple-world-title boxing event only adds to the growing list of major sporting events we have secured for WA.”

WA has hosted a series of international sporting and music acts over the past five years, including last weekend’s HSBC SVNS rugby union tournament at HBF Park and sellout Coldplay concerts at Optus Stadium last November.

RAC Arena also hosted Ultimate Fighting Championship 284, a mixed martial arts event, in February 2023, which delivered $42.8 million into WA’s economy, and grossed around $5.9 million in ticket sales.

It is estimated 70 per cent of the 15,000 sellout crowd were spectators who had travelled to WA for the event.


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