Devin Haney unseats George Kambosos Jr. to claim the title of undisputed champion.
Devin Haney went to Australia and defeated George Kambosos Jr. on the way to becoming the world’s undisputed lightweight champion.
Devin Haney proved that he is faster and stronger than George Kambosos Jr. on Saturday, June 4, when he defeated Kambosos by unanimous decision to win the world’s undisputed lightweight boxing champion.
Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) flew in from the United States to take on the Kambosos as a road warrior. He had 41,129 Australians rooting against him at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, but Haney’s abilities were greater to Kambosos’.
Haney had some pre-fight drama when his father and trainer, Bill Haney, was denied entry to Australia due to a visa denial. Bill acquired his visa the day before the competition, hurried to Australia, and arrived in time to support his son.
Even though his father was there, which gave him confidence and comfort, nothing about the fight showed that Kambosos (20-1, 10 KOs) had a chance of beating Haney, who was 23 years old.
Devin Haney is the undisputed lightweight champion now. He beat George Kambosos Jr. by a unanimous decision, so there’s no doubt about it
From bell to bell, Haney out-boxed Kambosos. He used his jab to keep distance while racking up points behind it.
Haney attempted to bullrush Kambosos, but Haney easily evaded them. His footwork was solid, and Kambosos was frustrated by his reaction time.
Neither boxer appeared to be wounded during the battle, but Haney managed to keep the fight from devolving into a melee. That framework suited Haney’s talents, and Kambosos became increasingly disappointed as the game progressed.
Haney received two 116–112 cards and one 118–110 rating from the judges. To become undisputed, Haney added Kambosos’ IBF, WBA, and WBO belts to his WBC crown.
If there was a rematch clause, Haney would have to defend his four belts against Kambosos in Australia. However, Kambosos would have to agree to the clause for the rematch to happen.
It’s hard to think that Kambosos would turn down a chance to get his belts back, so they’ll probably meet again soon.