Former unified lightweight world champion George Kambosos Jr feels his former rival Devin Haney will vacate his undisputed crown at 135 and opt for making a jump up to Super Lightweight.
He’s a very big 135-pound fighter: George Kambosos Jr
Haney and Kambosos met for the first time in June last year when Kambosos held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO titles while Haney had the WBC belt. The bout ended with a unanimous decision for Haney, crowning him undisputed at 135, and the rematch that followed in October, the result repeated once again.
Haney, since then, has made another defense against Vasiliy Lomachenko in May this year, and is now at a crossroads between choosing to stay at 135 and face Shakur Stevenson, or vacate his belts and move to 140 and face WBC champion Regis Prograis, and the deadline the WBC has set for him to decide is Friday, 21st July.
Speaking to Boxingscene.com, Kambosos feels Haney will opt for the move up to super lightweight.
“I believe the titles will be vacant,” said Kambosos. “I believe he’s gonna move up. He’s a very big 135-pound fighter. Obviously, we saw it in the weight cuts, especially in the second fight with me and Devin. It was a very tough weight cut for him. I couldn’t believe, you know, the way he came into that weigh-in. I said, ‘I’m just gonna touch this guy and he’s gonna go down,’ the way I was feeling.”
“But he’s got a very good team, a very professional team, great dieticians and great coaches. I think his next move has to be at 140. He’s gonna vacate those belts and we have put ourselves in a great position right now to be fighting for one of them vacant belts,” he added.