George Kambosos vs Devin Haney is finally set for the unified lightweight championship of the world and the odds are pretty close for their massive showdown this weekend.
And as the countdown to fight night hots up, there is potentially very bad news for Devin after he touched down in Australia for his unification bid.
Haney’s father Bill and trainer Ben Davison were both NOT ALLOWED to travel to Australia for the bout and Devin will be without them on fight night. Tough enough traveling overseas for a title fight, but without your team?
Reports suggest Yoel Judah, father of former two-weight world champion Zab Judah, will now step in to head up Haney’s corner. But how is that going to work out? We see potential trouble ahead.
The good news is that after months of haggling the deal is done and Aussie Kambosos and potential U.S. star Haney will lock horns at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne with all the belts on the line:
- The WBC title held by Haney
- The IBF title held by Kambosos
- The WBA title held by Kambosos
- The WBO title held by Kambosos
- The Ring magazine title held by Kambosos
Kambosos of course won all of those titles with that upset of Teofimo Lopez at Madison Square Garden last November. Haney meanwhile stayed unbeaten with a comfortable points win over JoJo Diaz last December.
Kambosos vs Haney Odds
The odds favor Haney, but only just, and they are getting much closer. Clearly that win over Lopez earned Kambosos some respect with the major U.S. sportsbooks. Throw in now the news about Haney’s team and we are almost in pick em territory.
The early odds are as follows:
|Devin Haney||-165||Widely available|
|George Kambosos Jr||+140||Widely available|
When will the fight happen?
As stated the bout will take place in Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia – but here’s the wrinkle. Australia is way ahead of the U.S. in terms of timezone, so it will happen on the afternoon of Sunday June 5 local time.
That is to enable the bout to play out in primetime Saturday night June 4 in the U.S. – happy days.
We expect ring walks around 11pm Eastern on Saturday, 8pm Pacific.
How to watch the fight on TV or live stream in the U.S.
Haney’s deal with streaming platform DAZN ran out with the win over Diaz, and the fight with Kambosos kicks off a new multi-fight deal with Bob Arum and Top Rank. The deal – per Mike Coppinger of ESPN – also includes a rematch with Kambosos should he come out victorious.
With Arum and Top Rank aligned with ESPN, it means the Kambosos fight will air on the Worldwide Leader in the United States. You can catch it on ESPN, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes.
Kambosos vs Haney Picks & Predictions
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Kambosos vs Haney Weights
The weighin took place in Melbourne, Australia early on Saturday Australian time (late Friday in the U.S.) and it did provide some drama. Namely Kambosos MISSING weight at the first attempt.
Eventually the IBF, WBA and WBO did sweat off a few ounces to come back and scale 134.49lbs – about a half pound under the 135 limit.
Haney meanwhile had no issues – he was pretty much on the button first time at 134.92lbs.
George Kambosos Jr Record
Kambosos Jr, born June 14 1993 and now 28 years old, has a perfect pro ledger of 20-0 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.
Kambosos stands 5ft 9½ins (1.76m) tall and has a reach of 68ins (1.73m).
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 27-0 pro record into the showdown 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).