George Kambosos Jr vs Devin Haney: lightweight unification bout confirmed

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George Kambosos Jr and Devin Haney will meet this summer in a blockbuster lightweight title unification fight.

For months now fans have been wondering what the next step would be for George Kambosos Jr. The Australian sensation is 20-0 and across the last six months, he’s been one of the most talked about names in boxing.

The reason for this is his split decision triumph over Teofimo Lopez which sent shockwaves through the sport.

Devin Haney, meanwhile, is an impressive unbeaten figure in his own right – but has yet to really take that next step up and fulfil his true potential.

This contest will give both men the opportunity to shine like they never have before in what is being dubbed one of the biggest boxing matches in the history of Australia.

It’ll take place at Marvel Stadium in front of what is expected to be a sell-out crowd. Interestingly enough, it’ll mark the first time Kambosos Jr has been back to his homeland for a fight since October 2017 when he beat Krai Setthaphon to move to 13-0.

Haney has never before competed outside the comfort of North America and knows he’ll be viewed as the enemy when he arrives for the June 5 spectacular. Alas, given the composure he’s showcased in the past, we can’t imagine he’s going to let that get to him.

Was this always the fight?

Kambosos Jr will put his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles on the line, whereas Haney puts his WBC lightweight title up for grabs. The regular WBA lightweight belt is held by Gervonta Davis, but it’s a lesser title than the super equivalent – which means we will, in fact, have an undisputed king of the mountain on the morning of June 6.

Of course, the elephant in the room is the legendary Vasiliy Lomachenko.

The 34-year-old icon was eyed up as the man to challenge Kambosos Jr for the belts he’d initially lost to Teofimo Lopez in October 2020. He’s gone 2-0 since then but as a result of the ongoing war in Ukraine, Lomachenko has decided to stay in his home country until the Russian invasion is over.

Moving forward, the lightweight division looks as interesting as it ever has before.

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