Melbourne, AU – Twelve rounds for the undisputed lightweight championship, as Devin Haney of the United States ruins the homecoming of George Kambosos Jr. inside the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
George Kambosos Jr. put his WBO, WBA, IBF, and WBC “franchise” lightweight titles on the line against WBC champion Devin Haney. Haney and Kambosos Jr. entered the fight undefeated, and the younger champion put a slash in the loss column of the Australian. At 23-years-old, Devin Haney is now the second youngest undisputed champion in the 4-belt era and improved to 28-0 in his career. Kambosos Jr.’s (29-years-old) record falls to 20-1 in his career.
Haney claimed the victory after outscoring Kambosos Jr. throughout twelve rounds. He earned the unanimous decision win behind his impressive jab. The Oakland native used his jab like a strong run game in football. He controlled each round using his jab and working in combinations. Haney frustrated Kambosos Jr., which began to show in the later rounds as he began to hold onto Haney’s glove 🥊 and kept swinging until the referee, Hector Af stepped in.
The judges scored the fight 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110 in favor of the American boxer. Kambosos Jr struggled from round one with the jab and speed of Haney.
Only 23-years-old, Haney showed a tremendous amount of maturity inside the ring as he did not sway from his game plan and showed the world how effective a simple jab can be. In addition, Haney silenced the roaring crowd quickly as he wasted zero time establishing his game plan.
Kambosos Jr. will more than likely utilize the rematch clause in the contract later this year. The Australian’s team negotiated an immediate rematch clause into the contract ahead of this fight in the likely hood Kambosos Jr. stumbles against Haney. The rematch will take place in Australia.
The confidence in this young man is impressive. He looked unfazed throwing punches in front of the massive crowd and big time spot light. He clearly leaps Kambosos Jr. in Top Ranks pound-for-pound and division rankings.
If Haney clears the former champ in the rematch, who will be next for him in the stacked lightweight division?
Names that come to mind are Vasiliy Lomachenko (16-2) and Gervonta Davis (27-o). You can even throw Ryan Garcia’s name into the mix as the No. 6-ranked fighter is 22-0 in his career and coming off a unanimous decision victory over Emmanuel Tagoe on April 9, 2022. Garcia is scheduled for a fight on July 16, 2022, verse Javier Fortuna (37-3-1-1).
Staying healthy will be key to Haney’s continued success inside the ring. At such a young age and the amount of success he’s earned, his potential for eternal greatness just blew the lid off!
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).