Devin Haney Quickly Calls Out George Kambosos!
In rather dramatic fashion, Australian boxer “Ferocious” George Kambosos (20-0, 10 KO’s) went on the road to defeat former unified lightweight champion Teofimo “Take Over” Lopez (16-1, 12 KO’s). While fighting in the belly of the infamous Madison Square Garden, Kambosos survived a late round knockdown to go on and dethrone Lopez by way of split decision. The win is easily one of the biggest upsets of the year. Unsurprisingly, WBC lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (26-0, 15 KO’s) was quick to chime in on the matter.
Haney has maintained a well documented rivalry with Lopez. For quite some time the Dream has sought out a showdown with Lopez to finally crown a legitimate undisputed lightweight champion. Despite his pursuit, Lopez remained elusive. Now it’s a dead issue.
UNDISPUTED ON THE WAY!
Obviously being the interested party that he was, Haney was eagerly watching the Kambosos versus Lopez showdown. After seeing Kambosos awarded the split decision win, Haney rapidly jumped on his social media to resume his quest of becoming undisputed with Ferocious.
As it always is in boxing, we can’t just assume that the Haney vs Kambosos bout will be next. For example, in his post-fight interview, Ferocious offered to rematch Lopez in his native Australia. Interesting enough, it appears that there was no rematch clause in their contract. So there is a distinct possibility that Kambosos and the Take Over could run their fight back. Or, Lopez could move up to super lightweight as he’s been threatening to do for an extended period of time.
Also, while he is the favorite to win, Haney does have a December 4 fight date with Joseph Diaz. If successful, then he’ll be free and available for a big showdown with Kambosos. Yet, if he is distracted or has an off night, Haney could lose and be every bit as heartbroken and disillusioned as Lopez must feel right now.
No matter how the Haney and Diaz bout resolves itself however, the boxing world should be treated to an undisputed lightweight bout in 2022. Clearly though, a dustup between Kambosos and Haney is more significant than a Kambosos versus Lopez rematch. Yet, for the time being, we’ll just have to wait and see how this quartet of fighters navigate the current situation.
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By: Bakari Simpson