American boxer Devin Haney did a brilliant job to beat his Australian counterpart on Saturday night to become the undisputed lightweight champion. Haney beat Kombosos on the unanimous decisions of 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110. In the process, Haney became just the ninth fighter to unify all four recognized titles in any weight class and the second youngest at just 23.
The bout started with a bit of drama, with Haney immediately establishing a brilliant jab that kept Kambosos from ever getting his offense going. As the jab landed, Haney lead left hooks and straight right hands behind it, keeping Kambosos on the offense and discouraging him from letting go with the right hand that he seemed to have loaded up the entire night.
In the end, Kambosos could only see Haney’s hand raised by the referee after the judges unanimously decided in his favor. The 23-year-old American was delighted to have kept Kambosos quiet during the entire match and revealed how he handicapped his opponent.
“I handicapped him at his best game,” Haney said after the fight. “He wanted to land the overhand right and the big left hook. I handicapped him. I was fighting both ways. When I would go to the left I would fight his right hand. When I would go to the right, I would fight his hook. He couldn’t land either one of them”, he further added.
Devin Haney outpointed and outclassed George Kambosos Jr to become the undisputed lightweight champion 🏆pic.twitter.com/x2hwKxwEKD
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 5, 2022
I’ll see him very soon: George Kambosos
While it was elation for Devin Haney, George Kombosos Jr was standing quietly in a corner letting his opponent live his night. The Australian did speak after the match and won the hearts with a respectful short speech. Kombosos said he felt the bout was fought closely but he doesn’t want to take away any credit from Haney.
“I’m going to give him full respect, let him have his time and we’ll do it again,” Kambosos said. “I thought the fight was very close but I’m not going to wreck his moment. … I’ll see him very soon”, he ended.