Haney-Kambosos produced domination … and an unnecessary rematch

Boxing

“Ain’t gonna be no rematch.”

“Don’t need one.”

That alternate between Apollo Creed and Rocky Balboa, whom Creed defeated within the first installment of the traditional movie collection, appears apt after Devin Haney dominated George Kambosos Jr. over 12 rounds in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday evening (Sunday afternoon in Australia) to seize the undisputed light-weight championship.

Actually, what else is there to see? It isn’t like Kambosos possesses soul-crushing energy or just had an off evening. It is simply onerous to image what Kambosos can do in a different way after watching 12 principally noncompetitive rounds in his house nation. The 2 116-112 scorecards do not precisely painting the combat. The third was 118-110.

However it’s overwhelmingly possible Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) and Kambosos do run it again. In any case, Kambosos (20-1, 10 KOs) referred to as the pictures as champion, and Haney acquiesced to land the chance. The deal included a rematch clause that, if exercised, ensures Kambosos a return encounter later this yr, additionally in Australia.

“Sure, 100% … we’ll do it once more,” Kambosos mentioned when requested if he would train the rematch clause. “Look, I gave him the shot. If I hadn’t given him this shot, he would not have had his second proper now.

“He grabbed and held rather a lot and did what he needed to do to win. That is what it is about. You do what you need to do to win, and at this time they gave him the choice, however I am certain it would change after we get it on once more. … That is going to make me hungrier.”

There isn’t any doubt Kambosos believes these phrases. It is onerous to doubt the 28-year-old’s steely resolve after he did precisely what he swore he would do in opposition to Teofimo Lopez in November to gather 4 light-weight titles.

Kambosos scored a knockdown within the opening spherical of that bout — ESPN’s upset of the yr — to announce his arrival on the world stage.

However after 12 rounds in opposition to Haney, a fighter with a far completely different type than Lopez, there will not be a lot thirst from the general public for a rematch. And why ought to there be?

The combat, to place it politely, was tactical all through its entirety. Haney boxed brilliantly and used his glorious jab to offset Kambosos’ energy pictures. The technique was executed to perfection. Haney by no means took any dangers, as an alternative electing to field and transfer, and stick the jab to the physique and head.

Hardly ever did an influence punch join from both boxer. In response to CompuBox, Haney landed 69 energy pictures to 68 from Kambosos. There wasn’t a shred of drama within the combat, not a single second the place it appeared Kambosos may win.

That is to not say he would not deserve a rematch. As Kambosos identified, Haney acquired the chance solely as a result of Kambosos gave it to him. Certainly, Kambosos may have picked any variety of far simpler opponents for a homecoming title protection.

As an alternative, he determined to hunt out the hardest problem obtainable. And meaning we’re nearly definitely going to see 12 extra rounds between Kambosos and Haney.

“I am not ducking or dodging no person,” mentioned Haney, 23. “If it is sensible, if the community needs it, I will do it once more. However it has to make sense.”

It would not make all that a lot sense, however the contract supersedes all. Haney’s solely actual avenue to a combat with a unique opponent is to vacate the 4 135-pound titles he received and transfer as much as 140 kilos.

So as an alternative of potential fights with Ryan Garcia or Gervonta Davis, Haney can sit up for another bout with Kambosos. One other victory by Haney will ship them on their separate methods.

The pointless rematch is a staple of boxing, a sport the place the champion or A-side wields an amazing quantity of energy. Look no additional than the upcoming rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua for the unified heavyweight championship. Joshua entered the primary bout with three titles however was soundly dominated and nearly stopped by Usyk.

After all, Joshua had the rematch clause to fall again on. And true champions at all times imagine they’ll discover a technique to extract revenge. And that is precisely the best way Kambosos feels within the quick aftermath. In any case, the chances have been stacked in opposition to him when he challenged Lopez final yr.

Maybe cooler heads will prevail and Kambosos will a minimum of agree to permit an interim title bout earlier than he meets Haney once more, however it would not seem all that possible.

“I’ve to implement a number of issues, however I believed the combat was very shut,” mentioned Kambosos. “He moved. He boxed. He did not actually wish to come into the combat an excessive amount of, however that is his sport, so I give him respect. I’ll change a number of issues and get him again on the finish of this yr.

“I take the dangers. I combat one of the best within the enterprise. On the finish of the day, I did not need to combat him. Not many wished to combat him. However I gave him the shot straight away, so I am certain we’ll do it once more.”

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