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Devin Haney vs. George Kambosos Jr. Preview

On Saturday, Devin Haney and George Kambosos Jr. run it back for the undisputed lightweight championship from Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. 

A two-time Australian National Championships silver medalist, Kambosos made his pro debut in 2013 at 19. An Australian, WBA-PABA, and WBA Oceania lightweight champion, Kambosos took care of Teofimo Lopez in November 2021 for the WBA, IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles before losing the titles versus Haney in June. 

“George Kambosos Jr. is again the hungry challenger, chasing Devin Haney’s belts, with an opportunity to regain it all on home soil,” President of DiBella Entertainment Lou DiBella stated in a release. “Kambosos-Haney 1 was the Devin Haney show. George is going to have to fight a completely different fight to get that victory, and he knows it. That alone assures an action-packed rematch. The odds are against George. He needs to defy the odds yet again.”

Haney won the interim WBC lightweight title in 2019 against Antonio Moran.

Promoted as the champion, Haney defended the belt four times before facing Kambosos in June. The 23-year-old is ready for whatever Kambosos has to offer in the rematch. 

“I’m expecting a hungry and determined Kambosos on October 16th in Melbourne. I will be prepared for any adjustment he brings. This is a great opportunity to gain more Aussie fans and add to my legacy,” Haney stated.

Haney has a +11.7 +/- rating, 10th among active fighters. That means he connects at a rate of 30.8%, while his adversaries land 19.1% of the time. Kambosos is ranked towards the lower middle with a +4.8 +/- rating. He connects 26.1% of the time, while his opponents connect 21.3% of the time. 

Haney’s opponents land the sixth-lowest amount of power shots with Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. (one of the lowest out of a long line of boxers if in reverse). Once again, Kambosos is ranked towards the lower middle (or the top, depending on how you look at it), with his opponents connecting 32.7% of their power shots. 

Kambosos would need to avoid the unavoidable jab of Haney. Playing it close to the vest, Kambosos can land crisp shots, especially his patent hook. That is, if he can get close enough, which against Haney is no easy feat. Like the last fight, Haney may be too much for Kambosos to handle, as the American can easily tire out the Australian. 

Steve Carr

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