Undisputed champion Haney prepared to punish Kambosos again in the rematch

Undisputed world lightweight champion Devin Haney says he has “all the answers” for George Kambosos as they meet in Melbourne on Sunday in a title rematch.

The undefeated American toppled the Australian on points by unanimous decision in June to become the first undisputed lightweight champion in modern boxing history since Pernell Whitaker in 1990.

A rematch was in his contract and they will meet again at Rod Laver Arena, best known as Center Court for Australian Open tennis, which is significantly smaller than the 41,000 capacity Marvel Stadium where the first bout took place .

“Obviously he’s going to come in with a better game plan, so I have to be better than last time,” Haney, who has a 28-0 record with 15 KOs, told reporters.

“Life hasn’t changed. Of course I have the belts. I worked hard for it and knew the time would come, so nothing changed. Now is the time to defend and emerge victorious.”

Kambosos was outclassed by Haney’s speed, instinct and unrelenting left jab in a defensive masterclass from the American in June.

Haney, 23, said he has “tunnel vision” when it comes to winning again and can handle whatever the Australian throws at him.

“I can’t say what he can do differently because I have all the answers for everything he brings to the table,” he said.

“We studied him like crazy. We know what he’s doing. We know the mistakes he makes and the habits he has.”

– “Do or Die” –

Victory last time out made Haney an exclusive club of fighters and became only the eighth boxer to simultaneously wear all four belts from the major sanctioning bodies – WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO.

The loss was Kambosos’ first in 21 bouts since his professional debut in 2013.

He entered the fight in a blaze of publicity, bragging about his credentials and berating Haney, an approach he now admits distracted from what he was there for – defending his IBF, WBA and WBO belts and winning the WBC belt, which Haney held.

“Rather than focus on winning, on what got me to the title, I focused on becoming a bigger brand,” said the heavily tattooed 29-year-old father of three.

“In the run-up to this final fight, the gym was packed every day. There was also media all the time. And I just couldn’t concentrate.”

This time he had low-key preparations to “zone himself in”.

“So Haney can say what he likes in the build. Social media can also say what they want. Nothing will break my focus,” he told reporters.

When the fight was announced, Kambosos suggested that if he didn’t win he could retire, calling it “do or die”.

The undercard is led by two-time world title contender Jason Moloney of Australia, who fights Thailand’s Nawaphon Kaikanha in the final eliminator for the WBC bantamweight title.

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