George Kambosos Jr vs Devin Haney: Australian ready for the 'excuses' if he wins

  • Tom Ward

George Kambosos Jr says he is expecting Devin Haney to come up with ‘a lot of excuses’ if he loses their undisputed lightweight title fight.

The Australian puts his WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring straps on the line in Melbourne on June 5 where he will be looking to win the WBC strap held by his American rival.

Should Kambosos Jr emerge victorious in Lucky Country, he will become Australia’s second undisputed champion, and first in 20 years.

Kostya Tszyu created history in 2001 when he beat Zab Judah for the IBF and Ring lightweight titles, and Kambosos is hoping to follow in his footsteps.

In a weird twist of fate, Judah will be in Haney’s corner at Marvel Stadium, as his father Bill Haney and trainer Ben Davison are both unable to travel to Australia at the moment for various reasons.

Kambosos told the Sydney Morning Herald: “Unfortunately, that’s the situation; that’s not my fault.

“I’m not the prime minister of Australia. I’ve actually reached out to a few high-profile people who have connections in the government to try to help the situation.

“I know there will be a whole lot of excuses once I destroy Devin Haney: about the father, about the trainer, about the jet lag, about everything.

George Kambosos Jr is the current WBA, IBF, WBO and The Ring lightweight title-holder

“I’ve been trying my best to see if he can get in but, unfortunately, that’s not my problem.

“I’ve got all of my team here and I’m ready to fight.”

Unbeaten Kambosos, 28, has been involved in 20 fights – seven fewer than Haney – with the New South Wales native winning all of his contests.

He added: “I’m blessed to have my father with me in my corner, as he was for the Lopez fight.

“At the end of the day, everyone is parading Devin for making the trip to Australia, but they forget that I’ve been doing it [fighting overseas] for five years.

“I’ve had to [often] go without my father when I’m going over there.

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“Obviously, my father has been a massive part of my career, but I’m a man and I’m always ready to fight by any means, to fight by myself.”

Haney is the bookies’ favourite to win the fight after outclassing previous opponents Jorge Linares and Joseph Diaz Jr to retain his WBC lightweight title.

But Kambosos has promised to knock Haney out and told fans what to expect when the pair meet in Melbourne on June 5.

He continued: “I’m doing him a favour, giving him a shot at making millions of dollars.

“And then I’m trying to sort out his situation but, at the end of the day, it’s not my problem.

“It’s history again, like when Kostya knocked out Zab Judah and took a lot of their belts.

“This is the same thing, history repeats itself.

“I can’t wait to dismantle this kid.”

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