Top Rank promoter Bob Arum was very impressed with the performance of the WBC lightweight champion with the way he dominated George Kambosos Jr. in his own backyard on Saturday night at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
Arum says Kambosos (20-1, 10 KOs) couldn’t knock out Haney (28-0, 15 KOs), who was on another level in terms of defensive ability and general boxing talent. Haney won by scores: 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110.
As for the rematch, Arum says he can’t see the second fight being any different from the first unless Kambosos changes his game plan.
Even then, Kambosos might be outmatched by Haney as he lacks the power, speed, boxing ability, or the same agility.
I don’t know if it’s worth the promoters spending the money on a second Haney fight against Kambosos because it will be hard to sell him to the Australians a second time around.
It might be best for the two fighters to part ways. Haney can make money fighting Gervonta “Tank” Davis, Ryan Garcia, Shakur Stevenson or Vasyl Lomachenko. Kambosos isn’t in the same boat, but maybe he can get someone like Ryan or Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz to fight him.
“I thought Haney put up an incredible fight. He didn’t allow Kambosos to hit him with anything,” Bob Arum told Fighthype after Devin Haney’s victory over George Kambosos Jr.
“He used the jab effectively. It was a very strategic smart fight. 100%,” Arum said when told it was hard to see the rematch play out differently. “Unless Kambosos comes up with a completely different fight plan.
“He’s not going to beat this guy trying to send him an outbox. Of course, that was a statement. Kambosos had a big win over Teofimo, and Haney had a huge win with Kambosos. It was a victory that was not close at all. He beat him decisively.
Bradley: Haney vs. Kambosos rematch won’t be competitive
“You can fight your back foot, you can step forward, you can change your pace. You can do so many things. That’s why he had to do, and that’s what he should have done,” Tim Bradley told Fight Hub TV about things Kambosos should have tried but didn’t.
“No, I don’t think so,” Bradley said when asked if there was anything Kambosos could do to make the rematch more competitive. “Styles make fights. George is not a bad fighter. He’s a great fighter.
“I don’t want anyone to take back what the child did. It takes guts, it takes balls to go overseas and do what he’s done, and then come back here on his own turf and pick a guy like Haney, a guy he knows he could beat.
“That’s the risk we take as fighters when you want to be the best. I have a lot of respect for George. If he fights his fight in the rematch, it’s going to be tough.
“Styles make fights. This shot of Haney is a son of a gun, and if he doesn’t find a way to get rid of this thing, he’s going to have a horrible night like he had tonight.
“Instant star, instant credibility,” Bradley said when asked what Haney’s win did for him. “Everyone had questions about Devin. I also had my questions.
“He showed he was light years ahead of the competition tonight. He beat a high quality champion in Kambosos. People shouldn’t take anything away from Kambosos.
“It was not a fluke. No, Kambosos fought as hard as he could. He was just underarmed and had a better fighter out there tonight. Haney put up a perfect fight. He made no mistake there.
“Haney is the man, a new star is born. We can expect better fights down the road. It’s a loaded division. We’ll see where Haney ends up next.
“There’s always someone out there who can beat you. Styles make fights, but there’s a loaded vision at 135. With power and speed, yes, everyone is beatable,” Bradley said.