Devin Haney vs George Kambosos II: Confirmed to Fight on October 16
FightersTalkTV.com – The second fight between Devin Haney and George Kambosos Jr. will take place next Oct. 16 at the Red Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, with the World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight Super Championship at stake, in addition to the IBF, WBC and WBO belts.
The 23-year-old American Haney retained his WBC lightweight title and added three more from the weight class after his unanimous points decision over Kambosos in front of more than 41,000 spectators at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium in June.
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Devin Haney (right) defeats George Kambosos in their first clash for the undisputed lightweight world title in Melbourne, Australia in past June.
With that victory, Haney improved his undefeated record to 28-0 with 15 knockouts. He said he was happy to defend his belts and wanted to show how much he’s improved.
“It was a dream come true for me to become undisputed, my name be mentioned with the greats,” Haney said via video link. “But it doesn’t stop there. I want my name to be mentioned with the greats, still.”
As champion, Kambosos had a rematch clause and he exercised it without hesitation despite being outclassed with ease. The Greek-born Australian has been hitting the gym hard with the intention of correcting mistakes and changing actions to regain his belts in this fight.
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Kambosos: Do or Die
Kambosos (20-1, with 10 KOs) enforced the rematch clause from the original contract and the next title fight will be staged at the smaller Rod Laver Arena, the main arena at the Australian Open tennis tournament each January.
Former unified lightweight world champion George Kambosos will attempt to turn the tide when he faces Haney. The winner of the upcoming encounter will be matched in 2023 against the victor of the upcoming lightweight clash between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jamaine Ortiz – also taking place in October.
At this stage of the game, Kambosos indicates that he can’t afford to take another loss.
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Kambosos has a chance to reclaim his IBF, WBO, WBA, WBC (Franchise) and The Ring titles in front of the fans.
“I’m 29 so for me it’s do or die,” Kambosos told reporters Tuesday. “If I don’t overcome this fight, you will not see me back in Australia fighting domestic guys; that’s not me. Everything I have I will be putting into that ring and me training, and god willing I will be victorious.”
Alternatively, he added, he’s in a good position because “I’m one victory away from being on the top again and having all the belts.”
“The changes will be made and I’m sure Haney is going to make more changes as well and I look forward to doing my talking in the ring,” Kambosos said.
“I just hope, for the fans and for the love of the sport that we give a good fight. We give an action fight, not a fight where there’s a lot of holding. I’m not going to take it away from Devin, a fantastic win, but hope the referee this time does justice for the fight.”
Kambosos’ promoter Lou DiBella said the Australian fighter would bring “a lot more fire” in the rematch.
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