George Kambosos Jr takes on Devin Haney again this year as promoter Lou DiBella admits Aussie needs to eliminate ‘distractions’

GEORGE KAMBOSOS is set to face Devin Haney again this year – and his promoter Lou DiBella is hoping for fewer distractions.

The Australian confirmed he has activated a clause in his contract that guarantees him a rematch with Haney.

Devin Haney beat George Kambosos


Devin Haney beat George KambososPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

It comes after he was beaten over 12 rounds by the American and failed to repeat the same performance that earned him the belts.

Hall of Famer DiBella told SunSport, “Honestly, even as a fan, I don’t think George fought his fight, I didn’t think he fought well.

“I think before the fight there were a lot of distractions that shouldn’t have been.

“I think he can go into the fight with more focus and he can certainly fight better than him. I don’t think it was a typical George Kambosos night.

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“But it was a Devin boxing clinic and on that particular night, I think Devin would have been almost anyone.

“He had an incredible jab and a great game plan and Devin executed it perfectly and that’s why Devin is undisputed at the moment.”

Kambosos, 29, won the titles in a flurry of shock against Teofimo Lopez, 24, in New York last November.

It catapulted him to overnight fame and earned him an undisputed decision win at home over Haney, 23.

But the event of over 40,000 at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium and the frenetic build-up could have created unwanted distractions.

DiBella said, “The eye has to be on the fight.

“The eye of the whole team has to be on the fight. The team must go into battle united.

“So if there are distractions – and yes, some are beyond George’s control because it’s your first time fighting in your home country in front of a gargantuan crowd.

“So there’s pressure with that but you have to stay focused and I know George and I weren’t pleased, I don’t think anyone was when George missed the weight.

“That was another distraction and gives your opponent some ammo.

“I think there are things he can do better next time and if there’s a rematch, he’ll do better.”

I think there were a lot of pre-fight distractions that shouldn’t have been.

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Haney boxed superbly over the distance to add the WBA, IBF, and WBO belts to his WBC version and become lightweight king.

But according to the contract he originally signed, it gives Kambosos a chance to avenge the defeat at home.

Manny Pacquiao’s former sparring partner now has the opportunity to compete in the rematch in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

And with a target date of November, it’s Kambosos’ first chance to lead a revenge mission as a defeated fighter.

DiBella added, “A loss is a time for everyone to think and think about what could be done differently or better.

“I would certainly hope George learns from the positive things that have come from the loss

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“And I’m sure when he looks at the footage of the fight he’ll see things that could have been done better.

“I expect adjustments and honestly the only way he’s going to beat Devin is through adjustments.”

George Kambosos will face Devin Haney this year


George Kambosos will face Devin Haney this yearCredit: EPA
Devin Haney with the undisputed lightweight titles


Devin Haney with the undisputed lightweight titlesPhoto credit: Getty George Kambosos Jr takes on Devin Haney again this year as promoter Lou DiBella admits Aussie needs to eliminate ‘distractions’


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