Haney outclasses Kambosos to claim undisputed lightweight championship – Kenya Sports News

Unlike the highly controversial win awarded to hometown fighter Jeff Horn over Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane back in 2017, Devin Haney left no doubt by securing a one-sided unanimous decision over Sydney native and unified lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. on Sunday night (June 5) in Melbourne, Australia.

The scorecards showed a wide margin at 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112, with Haney winning 11 of the 12 rounds.

Behind a blazing jab and superior speed, the WBC title holder put on a masterful boxing clinic in dominating and embarrassing Kambosos before a home crowd of 41,129 at Marvel Stadium to claim all four major lightweight belts and undisputed status in the 135-pound division.

In describing the simple and ring-smart strategy devised to dethrone the Aussie champion, Haney said, “The game plan was to go there and hit and not get hit, and I did that for the majority of the fight.”

Haney, 23, executed that plan perfectly from start to finish and kept Kambosos off balance and at bay. Taking advantage of his hand speed and elusive movement, Haney controlled range and distance, as well as the tempo of the fight.

Hanley said, “I handicapped him of his best things. He wanted to land the overhand right, and he wanted to land the big left hook. And he couldn’t hit me with neither one of them.”

Kambosos, 28, was clearly outclassed and could never find a rhythm to penetrate Haney’s impeccable defense and launch a sustained attack. Despite all the bluster and bravado of his prefight hype, Kambosos found himself baffled and frustrated throughout the fight.

Although Haney’s father and trainer, Bill, arrived in Australia only hours before the bout, the young fighter from Las Vegas acknowledged that having him in his corner made a big difference.

Haney said, “This is a dream come true. I was going through this without my dad here. This was a big moment for both of us.”

He added, “When we started out (after Haney turned pro at 17), we said we wanted to be the best. It would have hurt me to accomplish this without him here.”

After his dominating and virtuoso performance, Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) now stands as the undisputed lightweight champion of the world.

In losing his first title defense after becoming the unified champion by upsetting Teofimo Lopez last November, Kambosos (20-1, 10 KOs) is expected to demand a contractual rematch.

When asked about a possible rematch, Kambosos said, “Yes, 100%…we’ll do it again.”

He added, “Look, I gave him the shot. If I hadn’t given him this shot, he wouldn’t have had his moment right now.”

But Haney’s lopsided victory begs the question of whether a rematch makes any sense. Entering the fight a slight favorite, Haney showcased superior boxing skills that Kambosos could not overcome.

How could Kambosos possibly make a rematch more competitive?

In assessing the fight, Kambosos said, “He grabbed and held a lot and did what he had to do to win. That’s what it’s about. You do what you have to do to win, and today they gave him the decision, but I’m sure it will change when we get it on again.”

He added, “This is going to make me hungrier.”

Haney constantly peppered Kambosos with a stinging jab from the opening bell and easily moved out of range whenever his opponent tried to land a big shot. At times when Kambosos closed the distance, Haney would step back and fire a jab or slip and counter.

When Kambosos did manage to land a solid shot, Haney would clinch to curtail a further attack. With his face reddened early on and later sporting a cut under the right eye, Kambosos fought from behind and failed to generate any momentum.

Haney dictated the pace and outlanded Kambosos 147-100. According to Haney, “As the fight was going on, I felt he was giving up more and more. I didn’t want to press it. I just wanted to stick to my game plan.”

He added, “I said you know what? I’m going to pitch a shutout.”

In so doing, Haney emerges as the top dog in a talented division that includes Ryan Garcia (22-0, 18 KOs) and secondary WBA champion Gervonta Davis (27-0, 25 KOs), who just scored a spectacular sixth-round knockout of Rolando Romero on May 28 at Barclays Center in New York.

Despite his dominant win over Kambosos, the rising young star may be obligated to take a rematch instead of pursuing a potential megafight with Garcia or Davis.

Regardless of who he faces next, Devin Haney is now in firm control of the lightweight division.

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