George Kambosos Jr. shocked the world when he handed Teofimo Lopez the first loss of his professional boxing career as he picked up a split decision win over the then-unified lightweight champion back in November of 2021.
Lopez did not have the luxury of a rematch, because there was no rematch clause involved. Fans were of the opinion that Lopez did not take Kambosos as seriously as he should have. Devin Haney did not make that mistake when he shared the ring with the Australian boxer.
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Devin Haney’s WBC title and Kambosos’ WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles were on the line when the duo entered the ring back in June of 2022 inside Marvel Stadium in Australia. It was a heated build-up with many raising their fingers at Kambosos Jr. for being a little too cocky, akin to Lopez’s approach against him in the last fight.
What followed? Devin Haney cruised through George Kambosos Jr. with a comfortable unanimous decision victory to become the undisputed lightweight champion of the world.
Can George Kambosos Jr. beat Devin Haney in the rematch?
Kambosos vs Haney was a fairly one-sided fight and while the Australian boxer had his moments, it was mostly Haney who put up a clinical masterpiece to get the job done. Kambosos did have some moments on the feet and the reaction from his home crowd made it more evident, but to be fair, it was a Haney special once again who showed his brilliance on the feet with elusive footwork, head movement, and jab that worked all night long.
Barring the last round where a fiery Kambosos Jr. went all guns blazing at the American boxer, it was a comfortable victory for Devin Haney. The judges’ scorecard read, 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110 all for Haney.
Devin Haney UD George Kambosos Jr official judges’ scorecards… pic.twitter.com/EMCV1ogmja
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) June 5, 2022
Can George Kambosos Jr. become the undisputed lightweight champion by beating Devin Haney this weekend in the rematch? Honestly, it’s highly unlikely. While taking nothing away from the Australian boxer, Haney is too cautious and too calculated. Moreover, having Floyd Mayweather on your side definitely helps.
Be that as it may, Haney cannot take Kambosos lightly and make the same mistake Teofimo Lopez did. While the prospect of fighting Ryan Garcia in a big money fight looms large, it doesn’t look like Haney will leave any stones unturned in his preparation to defend the undisputed gold.
Devin Haney vs George Kambosos Jr. goes down this weekend inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Who do you think gets his hand raised?