As far as high-profile title rematches go, there hasn’t been much excitement leading up to Saturday’s fight in Australia between Devin Haney and George Kamobosos Jr. for the undisputed lightweight title.
When the two fighters faced off in June at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium, the 23-year-old Haney (28-0, 15 KOs), one of boxing’s quickest emerging stars, thoroughly outclassed the native Australian to win all four recognized world championships at 135 pounds. The second bout, which was moved adjacent to the much smaller Rod Laver Arena, was scheduled for this weekend when Kambosos (20-1, 10 KOs) invoked his contractually required automatic rematch (ESPN, 10:30 p.m. ET).
The outcome of the rematch seemed certain given that Haney was installed as high as an 8-1 betting favorite to repeat his victory against the 29-year-old Kambosos, who was anything but his “Ferocious” moniker inside the ring four months ago. However, this is the same Kambosos who last year defeated Teofimo Lopez Jr. in one of the sport’s most shocking upsets in recent memory by rising off the canvas.
Haney predicted last week on “Morning Kombat” that “it’s going to be a different battle and he’s going to be much more aggressive, which will lead to various openings.” “He’s going to give me more than he did in the first bout, therefore I’ll perform better as a result,” the fighter said.
Devin Haney Record And Bio :
- Nationality: American
- Born: November 17, 1998
- Height: 5′ 8″
- Reach: 71″
- Total Fights: 28
- Record: 28-0 (15 KOs)
George Kambosos Jr. Record And Bio :
- Nationality: Australian
- Born: June 14, 1993
- Height: 5′ 9.5″
- Reach: 68″
- Total Fights: 21
- Record: 20-1 (10 KOs)
Devin Haney vs. George Kambosos Jr., fight card
- Devin Haney vs. George Kambosos Jr., rematch for Haney’s WBC/WBO/IBF/WBA Lightweight titles
- Jason Moloney vs. Nawaphon Kaikanha; WBC Bantamweight eliminator
- Andrew Moloney vs. Norbelto Jimenez; Junior Bantamweights
- Cherneka Johnson vs. Susie Ramadan for Johnson’s IBF Women’s Junior Featherweight title