Devin Haney flew halfway across the world, all the way to the Land Down Under to take on unified champion George Kambosos Jr, and in a highly anticipated title fight this Saturday night at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, dominated Kambosos to a 12-round unanimous decision victory to become the undisputed lightweight champion of the world.
Haney established his dominance in the fight right at the start, as well as preventing Kambosos from going into the proper offensive. With superb left and right combos, Kambosos was being pushed into the backfoot at Haney kept control of the undramatic fight.
At the end of the 12 rounds, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Haney (116-112, 116-112, and 118-110), making him the unified WBC, WBA (Super), IBF, WBO lightweight world champion- the first undisputed lightweight champion since Pernell Whitaker in 1990, as well as the first in the four-belt era. Haney also became the second-youngest fighter at 23 to unify all four titles and ninth overall.
“I handicapped him at his best game. 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,” the champion said after his win. [H/T CBS Sports]
Devin Haney vs George Kambosos Jr full fight card results:
- Undisputed Lightweight title fight: Devin Haney (c) defeats Georgie Kambosos Jr. via unanimous decision (116-112, 116-112, 118-110)
- Jason Moloney defeats Aston Palicte via TKO at 2:35 of Round 3
- Stephen Fulton (c) defeats Daniel Roman via unanimous decision (119-109, 120-108, 120-108)
- David Nyika defeats Karim Maatalla by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47), cruiserweights, 5 rounds
- Hemi Ahio defeats Christian Ndzie Tsoye via TKO (retirement) at 3:00 of Round 1
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