Kambosos able to make weight after initial miss

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MELBOURNE, Australia — All of the light-weight belts formally might be on the road when George Kambosos Jr. and Devin Haney meet at Marvel Stadium on Sunday (9 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN/ESPN+).

However not earlier than there was some late drama right here Saturday morning.

Kambosos initially got here in .36 kilos over the 135-pound light-weight restrict. He stripped down fully and jumped on the scales for a 3rd try to make weight behind a set of towels, solely nonetheless to return in above the restrict.

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Kambosos’ failure to make weight sparked heated scenes, the 2 fighters coming face-to-face as their respective camps exchanged phrases round them, the feelings threatening to boil over as each jeers and cheers rang out from the small however vocal crowd at Margaret Courtroom Enviornment.

The Australian, who holds the WBO, WBA, IBF and The Ring titles, then returned to the stage simply over an hour later and recorded the official weight of 134.49 kilos, making Sunday’s combat official.

With the gang behind him, Kambosos then did his greatest to make gentle of the state of affairs.

“Artwork of struggle, deception, perhaps I did it on goal,” he stated.

“This adjustments nothing. Artwork of struggle, deception, carry it on, I am prepared.”

Haney earlier had weighed in at 134.92 kilos.

Sensing the chance to land a pre-fight psychological blow, Haney was eager to pile onto Kambosos’ earlier error.

“I stated he ain’t s—, he ain’t made weight,” Haney stated[ when requested what he had informed Kambosos when the 2 fighters had squared up on stage.

“I knew what I needed to do, I made weight, and I am a real champion.

“I imply he is sucked up, he is dry, I do not know, it’s what it’s, we have nonetheless received to go in there and combat. However I am a real champion, and true champions make weight.”

Haney was additionally buoyed by Friday’s information that his father and coach, Invoice, had been granted a late visa to enter Australia, permitting him to be ringside for Sunday’s combat.

“That meant all the things to me,” he stated. “Thanks to the Victorian Authorities, thanks God and I can not look forward to my dad to make it.

“There are not any nerves, man, I am prepared.”

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