Devin Haney and Eddie Hearn Continue to Press For Kambosos Fight
Over the last several days, WBC lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (27-0, 15 KO’s) and WBA Super, WBO and IBF 135-pound champion “Ferocious” George Kambosos Jr (20-0, 10 KO’s) have engaged in a steady war of words. Naturally, Haney would jump at the chance to fight to become undisputed. It’s something that he has been trying to accomplish since Teofimo Lopez held the trio of titles.
When Kambosos beat Lopez to take ownership of the belts, Haney wasted no time re-establishing his desire to stage the fight for undisputed. To further illustrate his seriousness, the Dream made it very clear that he would travel to Kambosos’s Australian backyard and compete on the road. Despite the vigor with which he has pursued the fight, Ferocious has remained elusive in his commitment to the historic bout. Seeing that he does not seem to be warming up to the dustup, Haney and his promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, have added a bit more pressure.
“He wants legacy, he wants undisputed. Devin Haney will do everything he can to make this fight happen. He’s probably willing to take money he may feel isn’t the right money for this fight. I feel like there’s no excuses.”Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing Chairman on DAZN Boxing Show
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This latest ploy is clever in the sense that money is often used as an excuse to not fight. It’s actually a very tried and proven tactic. Therefore, in an effort to get around that potential snag, Haney has let it be known that he’ll fight for less than he is worth to get the fight done. No doubt there will be those boxing fans who think that Kambosos is running scared from the difficult challenge. In all honesty, that could be true.
On the other hand, Ferocious could be looking to get the most bang for his buck and is merely holding out for the best financial offer. Who knows? No matter what the underlying reason is for why Kambosos has not pulled the trigger on the Haney, when he does select his next opponent, they better be one of the cream of the crop. If not, Kambosos is sure to receive a severe rebuke.
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By: Bakari Simpson