George Kambosos Looking to Maul Devin Haney Before his Hometown Crowd
Technically speaking, WBA Super, IBF and WBO lightweight champion “Ferocious” George Kambosos (20-0, 10 KO’s) has a Hollywood movie type of situation on his hands. In his last prizefight, as the underdog, he upset the order of things by dethroning the former unified champion Teofimo Lopez by way of unanimous decision. Now, in his next at bat, Kambosos has the opportunity to become the undisputed champion of the division.
This is because he will face WBC lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (27-0, 15 KO’s) in his own native Australian backyard. Even though he is quite fond of falsely claiming to be the undisputed champion, a win over Haney would solidify this as an actual fact. If everything goes as Team Kambosos has it scripted in their minds, Ferocious is looking at an epic night that will forever etch him into Australia’s history books as a heroic champion.
On the flipside however, if all does not go according to plan, Kambosos, 28, is set to take his most devastating loss in front of more fans than he’s ever fought in front of. And let the bookies tell it, that is where the smart money is. At this point, Haney is the betting favorite to win. Thankfully for him, Kambosos does not allow himself to be troubled by the naysaying thoughts of outsiders.
FOR THE ROAR OF THE CROWD
Riding the massive wave of success that he is, the Australian bruiser is confident that he will hand Haney, 23, his first loss and beating all rolled into one. Yet, by the sound of it, Kambosos is already prepping himself to fall into the trap of aiming more to please the crowd than fight the most strategic fight possible. It would be very ironic if Kambosos fought an overly emotional bout due to being at home. Many believe that Lopez lost his match trying too hard to quickly knockout Kambosos in order to please his native New York home crowd.
“I know my game plan. I know what I have to do and what I bring to the table every time; that pressure, that speed, that power, that explosiveness, the movement, footwork, my defense, very underrated. Well, let them keep underrating us! I know that this pressure will be too much for him. It’s very simple, he’s going to drown! 12 rounds he will drown!”
“I’ve got 60,000 people going to be there in attendance. So, obviously I will be pushing the fight and let’s hope he will be a man and goes out on his shield and tries to push the fight as well. But if he runs, beautiful! I will hunt him down, I’ll break him down and it’s just going to be a savage beatdown!”
Come fight night it will be intriguing to see if Kambosos can stick his fairytale landing or if Haney rises to the occasion and prevails on hostile enemy territory. Only time will tell but it will be fun witnessing the thrilling conclusion.
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By: Bakari Simpson