George Kambosos Jr, Devin Haney Throw Verbal Jabs In First Presser

The press tour for George Kambosos Jr’s first title defense against Devin Haney has already begun.

While the press conference was remote, the two lightweight champions didn’t hold back any threats or mildly disrespectful comments as they’re revving up for their undisputed lightweight championship fight on June 4 in Melbourne. Australia.

“It is good to be back home. Four years I’ve been fighting on the road. Doubted by everyone. But I got tunnel vision…” Kambosos said after being welcome by a sound bite from the movie “300.”

“There are only two names I asked for this stadium: Lomachenko and Haney. Haney stepped up, and we’ll take his belt.”

“I think Kambosos is a great fighter, and now I finally have a guy who is in his prime and coming off the biggest fight of his career,” Haney said in his opening statement.

“There will finally be a king of the lightweight division, and it’s going to be me.”

“He said he’s going to be king, but what’s a king to an emperor? I am an emperor, I have conquered the world,” Kambosos replied.

Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) is coming off one of the biggest upsets of 2021, and his career. He defeated Teofimo Lopez via split decision on November 27. Haney (27-0, 15 KOs), meanwhile, is coming off two dominant unanimous decision wins against Joseph Diaz in December and Jorge Linares in May.

Haney wasn’t originally a frontrunner for a shot at becoming the undisputed lightweight champion.

It was Vasiliy Lomachenko who was nearing a deal with Kambosos for a shot at the belts he once held, but those plans got sidetracked and dissolved due to Russia’s ongoing attacks of his home country, Ukraine. He has been serving with a territorial defense battalion.

But Haney doesn’t seem discouraged being the remaining option as he’s confident that he will become the new undisputed king.

“I didn’t come this far to only come this far. Come June 4, I claim my place in history and add to my legacy! Undisputed lightweight king… I’m coming for all the belts! Haney said in a statement.

Kambosos is looking to break the Australian attendance record of 51,026 set by the 2017 Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn fight in Brisbane.

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