Devin Haney vs. George Kambosos, Jr. 2 round-by-round results
The lightweight division is in the spotlight Saturday evening with a battle for the undisputed crown in Melbourne, Australia. Devin Haney and George Kambosos, Jr. face off in a rematch of their June bout. The main event is expected to start around 10:30 p.m. and will air on ESPN.
Haney won a unanimous decision over Kambosos to claim king of the division status. Haney entered the bout with the WBC title, while Kambosos held the WBA, WBO, IBF, and The Ring titles following his upset of Teófimo López. Haney won decisively to become the division’s first undisputed champ in the four belt era, and the first undisputed lightweight since Pernell Whitaker accomplished the task in 1990.
Haney comes into the bout as the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is a -1000 favorite while Kambosos is a +600 underdog. The favored fight outcome is Haney by decision at -220. That’s followed by a Haney stoppage at +220, a Kambosos decision at +1200, and a Kambosos stoppage at +1600.
Undisputed lightweight champ defends against George Kambosos Jr tonight in a rematch on ESPN & ESPN+ at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Kambosos’s career could end tonight if he loses badly again to Devin.
Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) is talking about wanting to knock out the ultra-confident Kambosos to make a statement before potentially moving on to defend against Vasyl Lomachenko in a much bigger fight.
Kambosos has been studying the past fights of legends Roberto Duran and Julio Cesar Chavez, presumably to learn how to fight aggressively to pressure Haney better than he did last time.
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“It’s been a lot different, as can be expected. Kambosos had a lot of people jump off the bandwagon because he was so brash the first time around, and he didn’t deliver inside the ring,” said Bernado Osuna.
“Devin Haney has been walking around the city and owning the city because he walks around the city, and people know Devin Haney more now than they do George Kambosos.
“Kambosos was kind of a flash in the pan after shocking the world against Teofimo Lopez and Devin Haney with the attitude, ‘I was born to be here.’ That’s how people see it. They see his talent and see how dominant he was the first time.
“People have really hopped on the Devin Haney train her in Melbourne to the effect that he and his dad and Devin say, ‘This is our new second home,” said Osuna.
“Haney took the titles behind a dominant jab and an outstanding overall boxing the first time around,” said Kellerman.
“For Devin Haney, it’s more of the same. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. All he’s going to do is react to whatever George Kambosos does. In terms of Kambosos, he’s got a new team. He got rid of Javier Centeno. His father said, ‘He didn’t give the right instructions. The game plan wasn’t right.’
“It was Kambosos who didn’t make adjustments throughout the fight. So the onus is on Kambosos to change the rhythm of the fight and the way it develops. That’s why he’s been studying the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez and Roberto Duran.
“He said, ‘These are the legends that lost in their career and went on to be great. So, I can still accomplish that if I can pressure and make this great boxer uncomfortable in there,” said Osuna about Kambosos.
“Yes, if he can fight like Chavez or Duran, and he’ll do very well,” said Kellerman.
“Just the calm and the supreme confidence that he has and the fact he was born to be here. Those were his exact words to me,” said Osuna about Haney.
“He said, ‘I was sharper in camp. The four-month turnaround really helped me to stay sharp, and I was actually hurting guys in the gym, and I expect to do that against George Kambosos. The first fight, I respected him, but this time, I know he had nothing to stop me with. I’m going to go after him, and I’m going to hurt him,’” said Osuna.
“There have been examples of boxers and boxer-punchers on their way to a title in the first half of their careers were a little more safety first, and as they matured and in boxing circles, they used to call, ‘The man bones right,’ and felt more comfortable in the ring and began asserting themselves more and being more offensively dangerous,” said Kellerman.