George Kambosos Jr, Devin Haney Agree To June 5 Unification Fight

Devin Haney is getting his title shot.

Unified lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr and WBC lightweight champion Haney reportedly struck a deal for a June 5 undisputed lightweight title fight at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, ESPN reported.

ESPN will air the 12-round title fight, which will see boxing’s first fully unified lightweight champion in the four-belt era.

The deal includes a rematch clause if Haney wins; if Kambosos loses, he would then have a right to trigger the rematch clause, which would also take place in his home country of Australia.

But if Haney defeats Kambosos in both bouts, he could be set to face former lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko in what would be an ESPN pay-per-view event.

Ever since Kambosos scored a major upset victory against Teofimo Lopez in November, becoming the new unified lightweight champion, he’s been searching for an opponent. Lomachenko called for a shot at the belts he once held after a dominant performance against fellow former lightweight champion Richard Commey in December.

Lomachenko was the front runner of getting the title shot against Kambosos and was waiting on word from his team, but then Russia invaded his home country Ukraine at the end of February. He has been enlisted in a territorial defense battalion since then.

Lomachenko’s promoter Bob Arum previously said the Ukrainian government was allowing him and heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk to leave the war-torn country to train, but Lomachenko reportedly chose to stay back while Usyk went ahead.

Haney got his opening as soon as Lomachenko’s decision was announced. The 23-year-old American also has not fought since a unanimous decision win against Joseph Diaz in December. He has been undefeated so far in his 27 fights.

As of June 2021, he is ranked as the world’s fourth best active lightweight by The Ring magazine, Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and BoxRec and fifth by ESPN.

Kambosos holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, WBC “Franchise” and The Ring lightweight belts. Haney, meanwhile, claims the true WBC title.

A press conference is expected to happen in Melbourne sometime this week.

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