George Kambosos Jr Activates Devin Haney Rematch Clause
George Kambosos Jr. says he has activated his rematch clause to face Devin Haney again sometime this year.
Haney came out victorious over Kambosos after their 12 round bout on June 6. The fight was attended by 40,000 fans at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, however local pundits believe a second fight between the two will be a hard sell.
According to a News Corp report, Kambosos-Haney generated around 50,000 buys on pay-per-view in Australia. This does not reach the peak PPV figure of 100,000 for local junior middleweight superstar Tim Tszyu.
The contract calls for the rematch to take place in his home country of Australia, and Kambosos wants it to happen before Christmas.
“Yes, the rematch is happening, 100 percent. I have activated the rematch clause,” Kambosos told NewsCorp. “The Emperor is dead, but Ferocious is still alive and I will be back.”
“We haven’t finalized a venue. There’s options for Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. It will be in Australia which is great. I know I can win a rematch. I will make some changes and this is my destiny to show how great I am and get those belts back.
“I know I can beat Haney. My confidence hasn’t been broken. On the day, Ferocious wasn’t at his best. I was just off a touch, but no excuses. He did what he had to do with his jab, he is a smart operator but I have to be smarter at my game plan next time. I am blessed to get the shot again and not many Australian boxers can say they’ve had three world title fights in a row. I shocked Lopez to win the belts, I lost them to Haney but now I will be working on a game plan to get the belts back. I have the eye of the tiger again.”
Kambosos also addressed those who feel his popularity falls short of Tim Tszyu.
“I am still the biggest name in Australian boxing. Tim can barely get crowds to his fights in Australia. The last time I checked, when did Tim Tszyu fight in front of 41,000 fans in a packed stadium? He can barely get 10,000 to his fights, it’s small-time stuff,” Kambosos said.
“I’m happy for the critics to bag me and doubt me. I am very happy with my life. No-one can take away the fact I made it to the top, I conquered the world, and I will be looking to get those belts back from Haney in our rematch.”