This weekend, boxing fans are ready for one of the most anticipated fights of the year as the titles at lightweight are set to be unified.
George Kambosos Jr. holds the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles, and Haney is the current WBC champion (by default). Both fighters are undefeated and ready to put it all on the line to leave the ring as the undisputed lightweight champion of the world.
Like any high-level fight, both boxers have their path to victory, They are well-matched in terms of skill however their fighting styles are polar opposites. Only one can leave the ring as the champion. So, let’s break down this fight, and try to predict who will remain undefeated, and become the undisputed champion this weekend.
George Kambosos Jr
5 feet 9
20 wins 0 losses
Most Notable Win
Win via Unanimous Decision
Nov. 27 2021,
Let’s start by talking about George Kambosos Jr. The Australian boxer has an impressive record of 20 wins and 0 losses. He started his professional career at the age of 19 back in 2013.
In his early career, he won the Australian, and WBA Oceania lightweight titles. He had some good wins over Mickey Bey and Lee Selby, which got him close to the title shot. After the fight was delayed multiple times because of ‘the plague’, Kambosos jr finally got to fight the champion, Teofimo Lopez.
To the surprise of many, George Kambosos Jr won the fight and became the unified WBA, IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight champion. The fight was quite close, and Kambosos was also dropped once, however, he managed to win a split decision.
5 feet 8 inches
27 wins 0 losses
10 Knockout wins 15 knockouts
Most Notable Win
Win via Unanimous Decision
Dec 4, 2021,
Haney is one of the most talented young boxers right now. He has an undefeated record of 27 wins and 0 losses and currently holds the WBC lightweight title as well.
Haney turned pro when he was only 17, and since then he has had some excellent performances. He won the WBC Youth Lightweight title in 2017, and a couple of years later he won the interim WBC lightweight title after defeating Antonio Moran.
Lomachenko, the champion at the time, was promoted to “franchise” champion, and Haney became the regular champ.
He continued to defend the title 4 times, and in his most recent fight, he defeated Joseph Diaz via a Unanimous decision. Haney also has a win over former lightweight champion Jorge Linares
Haney Vs Kambosos Jr Fight Prediction:
So, let’s get to the breakdown of this fight. Haney is the favorite according to the odds, but will he be able to pull off the win against George Kambosos Jr.? in Australia???
Well, I believe so. Haney is a very gifted fighter and an absolute technician in the ring. Devin Haney has some of the best defense in the sport, Haney uses his jabs really well, That accompanied with his longer reach and extremely precise timing is the key to victory against the faster fighter.
On the other side of the ring, Kambosos isn’t a slouch either. His win over Lopez was quite impressive, especially considering how he was able to methodically break down Teofimo’s attacks. Kambosos has said in an interview that he doesn’t believe Devin Haney is ready for his power, and once he lands his shots, he will have Haney on the defensive.
However, neither fighter is a ko artist, but it is boxing and anything can happen.
Looking at recent fights, it is clear that Haney has had better performances against better opponents. Against Linares, Haney went through some tough spots and was able to find a way to win. He handed Joseph Diaz his first loss and Gamboa is arguably a better opponent than any of Kambosos’ opponents aside from Lopez. Haney has never won a fight via split decision, and has he ever been knocked out(albeit slightly rocked by Linares). Kambosos on the other hand won his last three fights via split decision and even got knocked down in his last fight against Lopez.
Meanwhile, Haney defeated two former champions in his recent fights and against Joseph Diaz, Haney put on a clinic!
Kambosos is a really good fighter, he has power in his hands, his punches are fast, and he has a lot of heart. However, I believe Haney is simply better. He is technically the superior fighter and is better in terms of raw physical talent.
Also, there is a significant mental aspect to this fight that could play against Haney. This is the first time he is fighting outside of North America. He is fighting in enemy territory, and because of visa issues, his father, and head coach, who has always been with him, will not be in his corner. Moreover, if the fight is close, the home town judges may lean more toward Kambosos, To win this fight, Haney will need to go out there and make a statement. Though getting a knockout win against Kambosos does seem like a tough ask, it would be ideal for Haney, otherwise, he needs to decisively win rounds.
This is the first time the undisputed lightweight title is on the line since Pernell Whitaker held it back in 1991, and Saturday, in Haney vs Kambosos Jr, both fighters have a chance to make history
My prediction for this fight is Devin Haney will be the better fighter, and will simply make Kambosos miss and outbox him over 12 rounds, winning a Unanimous Decision.
What do you think? Will we see a clean unanimous decision by Haney or will we se an upset like Canelo vs Bivol?