Boxing 2022: Sporting stars support George Kambosos ahead of fight with Devin Haney, Bailey Smith, Collingwood, Damian Lillard

George Kambosos is gearing up for his first world title defence and he will have plenty of high profile support at his fight this weekend.

George Kambosos Jr. is out to make a statement in his blockbuster boxing fight this weekend and he will have plenty of sporting stars watching him ringside.

The Australian is gearing up for his lightweight fight against Devin Haney at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on Sunday.

It’s Kambosos’ first world title defence and he will be striving to take Haney’s WBC belt and become the unified lightweight world champion.

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Kambosos will have plenty of local support, with Canterbury Bulldogs winger Josh Addo-Carr set to be ringside watching him take on Haney.

Kambosos also has plenty of admirers in AFL circles. Western Bulldogs midfielder Bailey Smith was on hand to witness the frosty face-off between Kambosos and Haney earlier this week.

The 28-year-old received well wishes from Collingwood when he visited Magpies training on Tuesday, brushing shoulders with players including Pies captain and boxing fanatic Scott Pendlebury.

NBA superstar Damian Lillard is also expected to be among the high profile boxing fans present at Marvel Stadium for the fight.

The Portland Trailblazers star doesn’t have a connection with either Kambosos or Haney but is a boxing aficionado and will relish the chance to witness a world title fight in person.

Lillard spends his fair share of time in the ring and featured in a commercial earlier this year sparring against former WBC interim lightweight title holder Ryan Garcia.

Kambosos is also hoping boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will make a special ringside appearance at his hotly-anticipated fight on Sunday.

The Greek-Australian was Pacquiao’s main sparring partner for three of his world title fight campaigns and fought on the undercard for several Pacquiao fights.

“I am hearing rumours that Manny will be flying down ringside to watch me handle business and collect that last piece of the puzzle with all my belts,” Kambosos told Sunday Night with Matty Johns.

“To have him in my corner, to have him supporting me — an all-time great like Manny Pacquiao feeling. I’m very humbled to have him apart of my journey.”

Kambosos recalled Pacquiao telling him during their training camps he was ready for a world title fight a few year ago.

But he had to bide his time until he was crowned world champion after a stunning win over Teofimo Lopez in November last year.

“He (Pacquiao) was saying, ‘You’re ready for a championship right now, you’re read to be world champion right now’,” Kambosos told the Hello Sport podcast.

“But me being so patient, I knew it wasn’t my time. I wasn’t ready 100 per cent. I said no. I said my time will come, it’s not yet.”

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