Devin Haney can now not be known as an e mail champion, a titleholder or something however the undisputed light-weight champion of the world.
The 23-year-old traveled from Las Vegas to Melbourne, Australia, and delivered a dominant efficiency to gather all 4 135-pound belts in a unanimous-decision victory over George Kambosos earlier than 41,129 at Marvel Stadium on ESPN.
Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) used his glorious jab to dictate the tempo en path to the lopsided victory through scores of 116-112, 118-110 and 116-112.
“The sport plan was to go there and hit and never get hit, and I did that for almost all of the battle,” mentioned Haney, who entered the ring rated No. 4 by ESPN at light-weight. “I took the final spherical off simply because I knew I used to be comfortably forward, however I fought a very good, good battle.
“I handicapped him of his greatest issues. He wished to land the overhand proper, and he wished to land the large left hook. … I used to be combating each methods. Once I would go to the left, I’d battle his proper hand. Once I would go to the suitable, I’d battle his left hook. And he could not hit me with neither considered one of them.”
Certainly, it was a virtuoso defensive efficiency from the rising star. He used the lead weapon to disrupt Kambosos’ rhythm and infrequently modified ranges with the jab, capturing it to the physique and head.
Anytime Kambosos (20-1, 10 KOs) closed the gap, Haney stepped again and fired a jab. On the uncommon event Kambosos linked with a strong shot, Haney tied up the Australian earlier than he may observe up his assault.
Regardless of the clear hole in talent stage, there’ll probably be a rematch between Haney and Kambosos later this 12 months in Australia. The 28-year-old, who was rated No. 1 by ESPN at light-weight, is contractually assured one other battle with Haney in his house nation if he chooses to train the rematch clause.
“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 quite a bit and did what he needed to do to win. That is what it is about. You do what it’s important to do to win, and at this time they gave him the choice, however I am certain it should change after we get it on once more. … That is going to make me hungrier.”
Mentioned Haney: “I am not ducking or dodging no one. If it is smart, if the community needs it, I am going to do it once more. But it surely has to make sense.”
Because the rounds ticked by, it turned more and more clear Kambosos had no solutions for Haney’s ring smarts, jab and educated footwork. He pressed tougher through the late levels of the battle, when he wanted no less than a knockdown to win, however by no means got here near touchdown the kind of fight-altering punch that materialized in November when he shocked Teofimo Lopez to gather 4 light-weight titles.
“Because the battle was happening I felt him giving up increasingly,” Haney mentioned. ” … I mentioned you already know what? I will pitch a shutout.”
“His timing was just a bit bit shaper than my timing,” Kambosos admitted. ” … I gotta return to the drafting board with my staff.”
When Kamboso dethroned Lopez in ESPN’s Upset of the Yr, he began quick with a knockdown within the opening spherical, and survived a knockdown in Spherical 10 to earn the split-decision victory.
Afterward, Kambosos known as for the most important fights potential within the star-laden light-weight division quite than the same old victory lap many new champions take pleasure in. He was ringside for not solely Haney’s resolution win over Joseph Diaz Jr., the next week, but in addition Gervonta Davis’ victory over Isaac Cruz.
“That is what it is all about, f—ing defending information,” Kambosos mentioned. “I’ve at all times been about combating the perfect.”
Finally, Kambosos engaged in negotiations with Vasiliy Lomachenko, the previous pound-for-pound king, and there was a deal in place. However when Russia invaded Ukraine, Lomachenko determined to stay within the war-torn nation together with his household and handed on the battle.
Enter Haney, who was embroiled in a dispute with Kambosos and far of the boxing world over the legitimacy of his title. Haney was elevated from interim champion to WBC titleholder in October 2019, whereas Lomachenko, who held the WBC’s light-weight belt, was designated the franchise champion. “It is a title to mainly duck your necessary,” Haney advised ESPN in Might.
Lastly, Haney grabbed his likelihood to “put a cease to the confusion: the e-mail champion or the franchise and all that,” together with his battle in opposition to Kambosos, who entered the bout with the WBA, WBO, IBF and WBC franchise title.
Nevertheless it initially appeared he would have to take action with out his father and coach, Invoice Haney. As a consequence of a 1992 drug conviction, the elder Haney initially wasn’t authorized for a journey visa, however on Thursday, he acquired clearance and arrived in Melbourne roughly 15 hours earlier than the bell rang.
“I used to be going by means of it with out my dad being right here as a result of I knew it was a giant second for us; we each dreamed of this,” Haney mentioned. “Since we began out, we mentioned we wished to be the perfect. It will have damage me to perform this with out him. I am so grateful that we have been in a position to accomplish this collectively.”