By: Sean Crose
The world is in for an undisputed light-weight championship struggle this weekend, as WBA, IBF and WBO world titlist George Kambosos defends his belts in opposition to the extremely expert and undefeated WBC titlist Devin Haney. Kambosos stunned lots of people final autumn when he bested the favored Teofimo Lopez by cut up resolution at Madison Sq. Backyard. Reasonably than taking a lightweight contact for his first title protection Kambosos will as a substitute face the formidable Haney within the scheduled 12 rounder. Though the 27-0 Haney is the favourite strolling in, the 20-0 Kambosos wasn’t favored when he squared off in opposition to Lopez, both. Australia’s Kambosos may even be combating in entrance a house crowd, because the bout will go down at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.
“George Kambosos holds many of the titles,” Kambosos’ promoter Lou DiBella stated. “He’s earned this. He beat Teofimo Lopez. He’s taken each problem put in entrance of him. At occasions, he’s fought in entrance of no person. He’s traveled the world and has fought on different individuals’s territory time after time with the intention to get the chance to be the undisputed champion. And now he’ll have the chance to collect each belt if he can beat Devin Haney.”
“I’ve visualized victory by any means,” Kambosos has stated. “I’ve manifested all the pieces, each a part of this journey. They stated that we’d by no means be right here, however solely two individuals actually believed it, me and my father. So, I manifested my victory, and I visualize victory by any means on Sunday.” For his personal half, Haney seems to see this as a narrative worthy of a Rocky flick.
“A win can be very satisfying,” Haney stated at a Thursday press convention, “as a result of meaning I did it in opposition to all odds, even when issues weren’t working in my favor. They have been making an attempt to do something they will to place me at an obstacle. However after I come out on prime, it’s going to be that a lot sweeter. I look ahead to bringing the belts again and displaying my dad what we completed collectively.”
Kambosos’ final struggle was in opposition to the then extremely lauded Lopez final November. Having defeated Vasily Lomachenko beforehand, Lopez was seen as a person on his strategy to superstardom. With easy strikes, willpower and a strong technique, Kambosos broke up the occasion. After dropping the overly aggressive Lopez within the first spherical, Kambosos made it a degree to not let his extra well-known opponent take over, thus securing a win and incomes Lopez’ title’s.
Haney’s final struggle was a unanimous resolution over Joseph Diaz final December. He’s additionally bested the likes of Jorge Linares and Yuriorkis Gamboa on his street to this title alternative earlier than him. The Kambosos-Haney bout might be aired dwell on ESPN Saturday evening. The printed begins at 9 PM Jap Time.