Devin Haney has appeared the face a number of hurdles to overcome since his life-changing fight against the Unified lightweight champion, George Kambosos Jr which will take place in Melbourne, Australia on June 5th.
First off, the news of trainer and father, Bill Haney not being allowed to fly out to Australia due to a 30-year-old conviction means he is unable to coach his son in the biggest fight of his life to date. The boxing world has come out to applaud and acknowledge Devin’s efforts to deliver us the best vs best in his respective division. Especially at the age of just 23 years old. It must be admired and respected.
Much talk in the build-up to this fight has been the dispute about the undisputed status in the 135lb ranks. George Kambosos Jr holds every other title in the division, including the controversial WBC franchise championship and Devin Haney, owns the normal WBC lightweight title, receiving a stick for being elevated to full champion from interim without actually boxing for the status.
The Australian, Kambosos 20-0 beat Teofimo Lopez for the belts by a split decision last year in New York and the immediate reaction in the ring from Lopez was met with criticism by the boxing world claiming he won the fight, but it didn’t sit well.
‘Ferocious’ Kambosos has been very vocal since then about the fact he is now the A-side holding the Ring Magazine, WBA, WBO and IBF titles, be that as it may, you can’t help but feel for Devin Haney, being forced to switch promotional teams during negotiations and is probably taking less than he wanted to get the fight delivered.
To add to this the list of problems he’s endured he has now had to board a flight thousands of miles away from home, without his trainer and father meaning he is now with Yoel Judah, Zab Judah’s father as cover.
Devin Haney Overcomes Hurdles
Regardless of the politics and negotiations in high profile match-ups such as this one that either stops them from happening at the correct times or stops them from happening altogether, Devin has been an ultimate professional throughout and he’s probably turned a few non-Devin Haney supporters into believers after much criticism given for how he’s built up a record of 27-0 with the majority of his contests in Mexico.
The American is seen by many as the better boxer going up against the brawler – with all of the dream’s wins by the decision being unanimous and Feriocious’ last three fights all going the distance and were all split decision victories, it shows that the latter can drag his opponents into tear ups as we saw with Lopez and closer fights as we witnessed with former world champion Lee Selby.
Where can you watch George Kambosos vs Devin Haney?
George Kambosos Jr vs Devin Haney takes place on the 5th of June at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. It will be shown Live on Sky Sports in the UK and ESPN in the United States.
By Dan Kelly