• Tarrian Rodgers

Devin Haney routes George Kambosos retaining his lightweight belt

Respect was the word of the fight week build between champion Devin Haney and George Kamboses. Haney told the world he was going to earn their respect and that is exactly what he did, enroute to defeating George Kamboses in their rematch. Haney defended his undisputed lightweight championship Sunday afternoon in Melbourne, Australia. The scores were 119-109, 118-110 and 118-110.


Haney (29-0, 15 KOs) dominated Kambosos in their first fight, (the judges had it 116-112, 118-110 and 116-112). He was more dominant in the rematch. Haney utilized his jab and fired more power shots in the rematch, including a right-hand lead. The 23-year-old connected on 114 power shots, 45 more than in the first meeting. Even though Haney showed there were levels in the first fight. Kamboses was still granted an immediate rematch in his home country of Australia.


"I came to Australia not once but twice, I honored [the rematch clause] and beat the man in his hometown twice. He made every excuse in the book for the first fight,” Haney also had one simple request after his fight. “I should definitely be on the pound-for-pound rankings," said Haney, who was named ESPN's top boxer under 25 years old but didn't crack the pound-for-pound list entering the rematch. "I showed how versatile I am.”


Haney has closed the book in the chapter of George Kamboses and could defend his four 135-pound titles against Vasiliy Lomachenko next year. Lomachenko returns on Oct. 29 against Jamaine Ortiz, and a victory for the former three-division champion should set up Lomachenko and Haney. "That's definitely a fight that I'll entertain," Haney said. "We take on all comers. No matter who it is, we want to fight the best fighters in the world. I believe I'm the best fighter in the world. Whoever is next, bring him on. "That's definitely a fight that I'll entertain," Haney said. "We take on all comers. No matter who it is, we want to fight the best fighters in the world. I believe I'm the best fighter in the world. Whoever is next, bring him on.""That's definitely a fight that I'll entertain," Haney said. "We take on all comers. No matter who it is, we want to fight the best fighters in the world. I believe I'm the best fighter in the world. Whoever is next, bring him on."


Lomachenko and Haney are connected as Lomachenko was the original scheduled opponent for Kamboses after winning the belts. However, Lomachenko decided to stay in his war torn home of Ukraine. That opened up the door for Haney to fight Kamboses and led to Haney becoming the undisputed champion. Haney has proven up to this point that he is a willing and able champion, and he wants the big fights

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