Devin Haney has a huge task this weekend with everything stacked against him as he attempts to dethrone Australian lightweight king George Kambosos Jr at the Marvel Arena, Melbourne in front of 40,000+ fans to become undisputed lightweight champion. George Kambosos vs Devin Haney will be the second biggest attendance in Australian boxing history only falling short of Pacquiao Horn.
Unified WBA/IBF/WBO champion Kambosos (20-0) burst onto the scene with a split decision win over former IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby eighteen months ago in an IBF final eliminator behind closed doors. After months of waiting and confidently asserting that he would beat Lopez, he did just that in one of the biggest shocks of 2021. Lopez had no respect for the Australian and was reckless but that all changed very early when Kambosos dropped Teofimo in the first round. Lopez was consistently losing rounds looking for one big shot. In the 10th he found that big punch flooring Kambosos but it was not enough to earn the victory.
Haney (27-0) is coming off the back of two good wins beating Jorge Linares last May and Joseph Diaz Jr in December. Haney dominated Linares for the majority of the fight even though he got rocked at the end of the tenth, he cruised to victory using his superb jab, defence and counters. Diaz was initially supposed to face Ryan Garcia but after Garcia pulled out of the fight with Diaz, Haney landed the fight and won a convincing unanimous decision victory over the top 5 lightweights.
In a matchup of timing vs speed, Haney will look to beat Kambosos to the punch, set the pace of the fight and tire Kambosos out down the stretch, winning enough rounds to get a decision as to the away fighter, albeit a neutral panel.
George Kambosos vs Devin Haney Undercard
Chief support for the night is two-time bantamweight title challenger, Australian Jason Moloney (23-2) who continues his rebuild, since losing to Naoya Inoue for the WBA/IBF Bantamweight titles, against Phillipino Aston Palicte (28-4-1). Palicte also unsuccessfully challenged for a world title: the IBF super flyweight title against Kazuto Ioka where he was stopped in the tenth round. Palicte has a draw with Donnie Nietes for the vacant WBO super flyweight title. Ioka and Nietes face each other In July.
A potential dangerous fight for Moloney as Palicte does carry power scoring 23 KOs in his 28 wins. Maloney lost a split decision to Emmanuel Rodriguez in his first title attempt and got stopped by the monster Naoya Inoue in the seventh round in the bubble in 2020. Moloney, another big puncher with 18 KOs in his 23 wins, means this could turn into a really exciting co-feature.
The George Kambosos vs Devin Haney main card opener is New Zealand heavyweight Junior Fa (19-1) who faces 43-year-old former WBA (regular) heavyweight champion Lucas Browne (30-3). Fa is coming off the back of an all New Zealand showcase last year against Joseph Parker where he came up short losing a unanimous decision in a forgettable fight. Fa won 19 consecutive fights pre the Parker defeat and will look to build some momentum again after just one fight in over 2 years.
Lucas Browne is coming off an upset KO win against fellow Australian heavyweight Faiga Opelu but Browne is definitely at the very end of his career and is looking for one more payday before he retires. His punch resistance has been heavily under question in recent fights and Fa will likely be able to get a stoppage win over Browne although Fa is not a big puncher.
After the main event, Andrew Moloney (23-2) faces Nicaraguan bantamweight Alexander Espinoza (21-3-2). Both of Moloney’s losses have come to WBA Super Flyweight champion Joshua Franco. Franco scored an upset split decision victory in their first fight, the second ended in a no contest after an accidental headbutt from Moloney and when they last fought in September 2021, Franco secured a unanimous decision win as the Australian struggled to put a dent in Franco who now looks to face Estrada in July.
According to ESPN PR, the George Kambosos vs Devin Haney ESPN + Undercard will have 3 contests: Terry Nickolas vs. Lachlan Higgins, Taylah Robertson vs. Sarah Higginson and Yoel Angeloni vs. Ken Aitken. Isaias Sette vs. Luke Gersbeck is the ESPN + swing fight. Hemi Ahio vs. Christian Ndzie Tsoye and David Nyika vs. Karim Maatalla are the ESPN swing fights. Amari Jones vs. Ankush Hooda will also take place after the main event.
George Kambosos vs Devin Haney: Start Times, Broadcaster, Ring Walks
A Top Rank/DBE co-promotion, George Kambosos vs Devin Haney will be shown live on ESPN in the USA and Sky Sports in the UK, DAZN unsuccessfully attempted to bring this fight to their global platform.
The George Kambosos vs Devin Haneyfight will be Sunday 5th June in Australia, making it US primetime on Saturday 4th June and the early hours of Sunday morning in the UK.
The George Kambosos vs Devin Haney ESPN + Broadcast (USA) begins at 7:30 ET (4:30 PT) with the main card starting 90 minutes later at 9:00 ET (6:00 PT) on ESPN. The George Kambosos vs Devin Haney Sky Sports Broadcast in the UK begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday.
The George Kambosos vs Devin Haney Main Event Ring Walks are expected to take place no earlier than 11:00 pm ET, 8:00 pm PT, and 4:00 am UK time.
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