In his first bout against George Kambosos Jr., Devin Haney was as dominant as one could hope for.
On June 6 in Melbourne, Haney defeated the formerly undisputed lightweight champion through unanimous decision to win all four major 135-pound belts. That win solidified his position as one of the world’s top boxers.
A rematch provision in their original fight’s contract means that the new champion must now defend his title once again, fighting Kambosos again on Saturday (Sunday in Australia) in the same city (ESPN, ESPN+).
“We’ve definitely made some adjustments, learned from the first fight,” Haney said. “Obviously, we all know he’s going to come with a different game plan. The same things that worked in the first fight may not work as good in the second fight, so we’re preparing for it all. …
“We just have to see how the fight plays out. We’re prepared to win by any means necessary, so that’s our main focus … winning. If a knockout comes, then it comes, but my main focus is winning.”
Haney’s exceptional boxing ability, particularly his use of the jab, allowed him to control the fight from start to finish, and Kambosos had no answers for him. Because Kambosos rarely touched him, Boxing Junkie gave him the victory by a score of 119-109 after 11 rounds.
One of the judges, Pawel Kardyni, agreed. He finished with a 118 and a 110. But Zoltan Enyedi and Benoit Roussel both turned in scores of 116 and 112. It’s unclear where the four rounds came from that were used on Kambosos.
As with many others, Haney was stunned when the final tally was revealed.
“It definitely surprised me,” Haney said.
“I mean, it was hard for me to give him a second of the fight, so him getting four rounds was surprising. But at the end of the day, that fight is over with and we move forward.”
“He’s making up every excuse in the book,” Haney said. “He said he wasn’t going to, but now they’re saying I was holding, it was this, it was that. Whatever you want to say, he can keep saying it. The talk doesn’t matter.
“I’m going to go in there and do what I’m going to do regardless. No matter what referee is in there, no matter where the fight is at, it doesn’t matter.”
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