Coach Bakis: “I’m Predicting Kambosos Will Stop Devin Haney!”

Coach Chris Bakis Says Devin Haney v George Kambosos Will End Early!

George Kambosos and Devin Haney face-off
George Kambosos and Devin Haney face-off | Credit: Getty Images

Coach Bakis Thinks Devin Haney is Underestimating George Kambosos!

As “Ferocious” George Kambosos (20-1, 10 KO’s) picked up the pieces of his career following the defeat in his last match, he felt a change was needed. In that duel, versus undisputed lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (28-0, 15 KO’s), Kambosos was outworked, outclassed and out-boxed en route to a unanimous decision loss. Even more traumatic, it was a big-time, hometown fight being staged in a huge stadium. Although returning to his native Australia to seek revenge, Ferocious will do this with new chief second Chris Bakis.

Bakis will replace former head trainer Javiel Centeno, who helmed the corner during the Haney undressing. On the bright side, this is far from a completely new partnership as Bakis is who commanded Ferocious’ corner for a significant portion of his early career. Reunited once again, the Australian boxing coach feels that he is more than capable of guiding Kambosos right back to championship status. And this is exactly what he shared with Fight Hype.

“Looking back at the first fight, from a trainers perspective, there were a lot of mistakes that were made to build up to that fight which were compounded. They just never gave George really a good chance of winning the fight. I was there viewing what was going on in that first camp and like I said, a lot of mistakes were made. So given that opportunity to come back for his rematch, and be involved with it, and make some great adjustments with George together…it’ll be dream come true for me.”


More than simply making minor tweaks, Bakis is under the impression that this time around Ferocious, still ranked #5 (WBO), #5 (IBF) and #6 (WBA), will do some major damage.

“I don’t think the Haney’s comprehend what’s going to happen on Sunday, I honestly don’t. They honestly don’t know the kind of person that George is and the kind of camp and environment he’s created for this fight…I’m predicting, as George’s trainer, that I think George will stop Devin Haney!”

“[…] Like I said, I’ve been there through this whole new camp and I’ve seen how much he’s evolved and how many new weapons and how many more skillsets he brings to the ring, so I honestly say that without bravado.”


If true, this will be grand news for Team Kambosos come fight night. Yet, let him tell it, Bakis makes it sound like Ferocious, 29, is 180º a different fighter. Honestly speaking, we will just have to see this revolutionized fighter out in the ring to actually verify the claims. Thankfully, the wait is just about over!

By: Bakari Simpson

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