Slated for later this month at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, two of boxing’s most electric fighters, George Kambosos Jr. and Devin Haney, will lock horns in a titanic rematch of their fight from earlier this year. In their brawl from June of this year, Haney was able to score the unanimous decision victory over Kambosos with an excellent 12-round showcase. After he was able to beat the champion, Haney was crowned the unified lightweight champion, making history in the process. With the win, the 23-year-old was recognized as the first undisputed lightweight champion of the four-belt era. However, “The Emperor” Kambosos will not go down easy in a rematch and will be out for blood at the Rod Laver Arena.
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Prior to his loss at the hands of Haney earlier this year, Kambosos was riding a torrid hot streak. With a formerly unblemished record of 20-0, the 29-year-old from New South Wales had defeated all comers. Knocking off the likes of Lee Selby, Mickey Bey, and Teófimo López, Kambosos Jr. was a shooting comet in the lightweight division as a multiple title belt holder. Indeed he is one of the strongest fighters in the world and is currently recognized, as of last month, as the world’s number one lightweight by The Ring and TBRB.
In their bout from earlier this year, Kambosos first had to overcome some preliminary controversy as he was initially unable to make weight on his first attempt. However, on his second attempt an hour later, which was still within the two-hour limit, Kambosos weighed in at 134.49 lbs which was under the 135 lb limit for the lightweight division. During the fight, Haney defeated Kambosos via unanimous decision, with two judges scoring the fight 116-112 and one other official scoring the fight 118-110, all in favor of Haney. Nonetheless, the initial fight deal included an automatic rematch clause which Kambosos has used for this rematch.
The reigning champion, Haney is the most decorated current fighter in all of professional boxing. Known as “The Dream,” Haney ranks as the world’s best active lightweight by ESPN, BoxRec, and Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. The undefeated champion at 28-0, Haney has won the majority of his fights via knockout with 15 career TKO or KO wins. An extremely skilled champion, he is coming off five straight unanimous decision wins and has been gearing up for this rematch for Kambosos since their last brawl back in the summer of this year. Per the official tale of the tape from each fighter, Haney and Kambosos are almost mirror images of each other with similar weights, heights and reaches. This will be an excellent battle for the unified and undisputed lightweight championship
Prediction: Once again this fight should go the distance, but unless Kambosos can knock out Haney, look for the champion to retain his titles.
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