DevinHaney easily surpassed George Kambosos Jr for the second time in four months on Saturday to retain his undisputed lightweight title with a lopsided win at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
not how his dominant victory in Junewhen Haney basically stabbed his way to the undisputed title on Saturday, Haney relied on his right hand to do his damage.
He was surprised at first when Kambosos showed up, switching stances and jumping in and out, but he quickly adjusted and nearly swept the rest of the fight.
The judges had it twice 118-110 and 119-109 for Haney. Yahoo Sports had it 119-109 for Haney and only gave first place to Kambosos.
“I knew he was going to look for the jab, so I wanted to show other tools in my arsenal,” said Haney, who held Kambosos to single digit connections in 10 of the 12 rounds. “My dad (coach Bill Haney) wanted me to hook more, but I feel like the right hand won the battle.”
Kambosos really had nothing to offer. He won the undisputed title by upsetting Teofimo Lopez in 2021, but Lopez had medical issues before the fight and was a shell of himself in the ring. However, that earned Kambosos the undisputed title and earned him two fights in his home country .
However, Haney was just too smart, too talented and too good for Kambosos. Kambosos didn’t have the strength to really hurt Haney and he only landed one shot at a time.
If there was one criticism of Haney, now 28-0 with 15 KOs, it was that he couldn’t finish Kambosos. In the second half of the fight, he picked Kambosos apart with impunity, landing 41 percent of his total punches but not once knocking down Kambosos.
But Haney has proven he’s one of the best fighters in the world and will be a tough out no matter who he’s up against.
“I should definitely be in the pound-for-pound rankings,” Haney said.
There are a lot of elite fighters out there now, and Haney is clearly one of them. He proved his talent by doing what he should have done against a heavily outgunned opponent: he blew him out while dominating the fight.
It will be great to see his development as he moves through the deep and talented lightweight class.
A fight between Haney and Shakur Stevenson would be an incredible match, but there are many such fights for Haney.
The only way for him is up.