Devin Haney vs George Kambosos 2, the rematch, is just about set for unified lightweight championship of the world but we DO NOT expect the odds to be as close this time.
Haney produced a brilliant performance to totally outbox the Aussie hero on home soil in Melbourne to become the undisputed champion in boxing’s stacked 135lbs weight class.
That means the following baubles are on the line for that rematch:
- The WBC title held by Haney
- The IBF title held by Haney
- The WBA title held by Haney
- The WBO title held by Haney
- The Ring magazine title held by Haney
Haney of course won all those titles except the WBC strap on that famous night in Melbourne. Now, per the rematch clause, he must return to Australia to defend them for the first time.
Haney vs Kambosos 2 Odds
The odds favored Haney for the first fight, but it was close and they were getting closer all the time as fight night approached. On the day of the fight Devin was a slight -165 favorite (bet $165 to win $100) with Kambosos +140 (bet $100 to win $140).
The betting line for the rematch has not been released as yet, but we do not expect things to be nearly as close. Haney will be a strong favorite this time on the back of that dominant performance in June.
When will the fight happen?
The first fight took place on a Sunday afternoon in Australia to facilitate primetime Saturday night viewing in the United States – that will happen again.
Haney vs Kambosos 2 is slated for Sunday October 16 local time in Australia, which will be Saturday night October 15 back here.
The bout right now appears likely to take place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. That’s the stadium where the finals of the Australian Open Tennis Championships happen each January.
How to watch the fight on TV or live stream in the U.S.
The first fight aired on ESPN, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes after Haney jumped ship from Matchroom Boxing and DAZN to align with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions. The same will be true of the rematch.
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Haney vs Kambosos 2 Weights
The weighin for the rematch will take place Saturday October 15 in Australia, that’s Friday October 14 in the United States. The weight limit remember for the lightweight division is 135lbs (9st 9lbs).
What happened in the first fight?
Pretty simple, Haney produced a boxing masterclass to register a convincing win on the scorecards at a heaving Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
Kambosos Jr, faced by the speed and brilliant defensive skills of Haney, just could not pull the trigger. Haney on the other hand was a thing of beauty to watch, again giving off Floyd Mayweather vibes with that mix of speed and technical ability.
The scorecards were not close, with two showing Haney a 116-112 winner and the other 118-110. Comprehensive in the extreme.
Devin Haney Record
Haney, born November 17 1998 and now 23 years old, is a terrific fighter with potential superstar ability. He carries a perfect 28-0 pro record into the rematch with Kambosos and 15 of those wins have come inside distance.
Haney did not actually win his WBC lightweight world title inside the ring – he was promoted to champion status in October 2019 when then champ Vasyl Lomachenko was elevated to ‘franchise’ status.
Since then Devin has defended his title four times, each time winning by unanimous decision. He has a long ways to go yet, but there is definitely a little bit of Floyd Mayweather Jr about him. Tons of ability but he has to start maximizing it soon. The showdown with Kambosos is a great opportunity.
Haney stands 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall and has a reach of 71ins (1.80m).
George Kambosos Jr Record
Kambosos Jr, born June 14 1993 and now 29 years old, has a pro ledger of 20-1 with 10 of those wins inside distance.
Most of George’s early fights played out in small halls in Sydney, Australia before he started to fight overseas. He won the chance to challenge Teofimo Lopez for his lightweight titles by outpointing Britain’s Lee Selby in London, England on Halloween 2020.
The bout with Lopez was much-delayed before finally going ahead November 27 last year in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Kambosos was terrific all night – taking the fight to the heavily favored Lopez and absolutely dominating.
One judge (somehow) scored the bout 114-113 Lopez but the other two gave it to Kambosos by 115-112 and 115-111. He became the unified champ and now all lightweight roads go through him.
George’s first pro defeat of course came with that convincing points defeat by Haney in their first meeting.
Kambosos stands 5ft 9½ins (1.76m) tall and has a reach of 68ins (1.73m).