Haney retains WBC lightweight belt in decision over Kambosos

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American boxer Devin Haney retained his WBC lightweight title and added three more in the weight class after his unanimous points decision over Australian George Kambosos on Sunday.

The 23-year-old American won three of the first four rounds and was well ahead halfway through the 12-round bout to become the undisputed lightweight division champion.

The judges scored the fight 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110 in favor of Haney.

Haney, who proved to be the best technical fighter in front of a crowd of 41,129 at Melbourne’s indoor Marvel Stadium, now has an unbeaten record of 28-0 with 15 knockouts.

“I was comfortable sticking to the game plan,” Haney said. “The game plan was to hit and not be hit. I fought a good, smart fight. He couldn’t hit me with any of his best shots.

Haney praised US-based Kambosos, who was fighting in his native Australia for the first time in five years.

“I take my hat off to him, he’s a real warrior. Even though he became disrespectful, I remained a gentleman,” Haney said. “A lot of these so-called champions wouldn’t give me a chance, but George did.”

Kambosos, 28, held the WBO, WBA and IBF lightweight titles before the fight, and those now belong to Haney.

Kambosos’ undefeated professional career record is over – he is now 20-1 with 10 knockouts. US-based Kambosos won his three world titles by beating Teofimo Lopez in 2019.


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