AllvertaGlobal – Devin Haney flew to Australia to compete with George Kambosos Jr in the lightweight championship on Saturday night. It was not in vain that Devin dominated the match for 12 rounds and won the World Championship match with a weight level of 135 pounds.
Haney is the 9th fighter to hold four titles in all heavyweights with the second youngest age, at 23 years old.
In the end, Haney took a unanimous decision victory with the official scorecard reading 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110.
“I handicapped him at his best,” Haney said after the fight. “He wanted to land a big right overhand and left hook. I disabled him. I fight both ways. When I will go to the left I will fight his right hand. When I will go to the right, I will fight it. hook. He couldn’t land any of them.”
Haney, who entered with the WBC championship, is not the one who originally would have faced Kambosos after Kambosos’ shock victory over Teofimo Lopez to claim the WBC franchise championship along with holding the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles. The original plan was for Kambosos to defend against former champion Vasiliy Lomachenko.
When Lomachenko withdrew from the fight to remain in his native Ukraine after Russia’s invasion of the country, the opportunity came for Haney to silence critics who claimed his WBC title was illegitimate when he was named interim champion when Lomachenko was crowned franchise champion by the WBC.
Kambosos will have a chance to get revenge as the fight with Haney includes a rematch clause which also states Haney must return to Australia if he wins the first round.
Kambosos explained that he did have the intention of activating that clause when speaking after the fight.
“I will give him full respect, let him have time and we will do it again,” said Kambosos. “I think the fight is very close but I won’t spoil the moment. … I’ll see him soon.”