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Devin Haney becomes undisputed with win over George Kambosos Jr. down under

Kambosos Jr. will exercise rematch clause

Devin Haney is now the undisputed lightweight champion of the world.

Haney (28-0-0, 15 KOs), 23, put on a clinic in front of 41,129 fans at the Marvel Arena, taking a unanimous- decision victory over George Kambosos Jr. (20-1-0, 10 KOs), 28, to collect all four 135-pound belts.

Haney used his most reliable weapon, the jab, targeting the head and body to pile up the points and keep the Australian challenger at bay. Meanwhile, unlike his previous fight with Teofimo Lopez, Kambosos Jr. was unable to follow up his biggest weapons – the overhand right or left hook – with Haney either stepping back or clinching to avoid the big damage.

The judges scored it 116-112, 118-110, and 116-112.

Kambosos Jr. said he will exercise the rematch clause in the contract, expected to happen later this year in Australia.

“Yes, 100 percent … we’ll do it again,” Kambosos Jr. said to reporters afterwards. “Look, I gave him the shot. If I hadn’t given him this shot, he wouldn’t have had his moment right now.

“He grabbed and held a lot and did what he had to do to win. That’s what it’s about. You do what you have to do to win, and today they gave him the decision, but I’m sure it will change when we get it on again. … This is going to make me hungrier.”

Kambosos Jr. exploded into the spotlight last November with a shocking split-decision win over Lopez in which he knocked Lopez down in the very first frame and survived a last round knockdown.

Haney, who entered the fight as the WBC lightweight champion, now joins Jermell Charlo (light middleweight), Claressa Shields (light middleweight and middleweight), Katie Taylor (lightweight), and Canelo Alvarez (super middleweight) as the current undisputed champions in boxing.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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