George Kambosos Jr Says Devin Haney Rematch Is ‘Do Or Die’ For Him
George Kambosos Jr said this time, it’s do or die.
Kambosos and the new undisputed lightweight champion, Devin Haney, met for the second time in a virtual kickoff press conference Monday night. Both boxers said they’re going to give it their all.
“I’m 29, this is do or die for me now,” Kambosos said.
“You will not see me — if I don’t overcome this fight — back in Australia fighting, you know, domestic guys. That’s not me.
“Everything I have, I’ll be putting into that ring and into my training, and God willing, I will be victorious.”
Kambosos was coming off of a stunning upset win against Teofimo Lopez, claiming all three of his lightweight titles.
However, things didn’t go as planned for the Australian on June 5. He was outboxed in front of his home crowd by Haney, who handed him his first defeat in 21 fights by unanimous decision.
Haney, who unified his WBA title following the victory, said he knows Kambosos will be coming back tougher than before.
“I know George is going to come to fight, he’s going to give his all, even more than he did the first time,” Haney said.
“It’ll make for me to be able to showcase my skills even more, and it’ll be better this time around.”
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told FOX Sports that if Kambosos approaches the bout differently, he’ll have a chance.
“Why do a rematch? I go back to history,” Arum said. “I remember that Joe Frazier dominated Muhammad Ali in their first fight. And when the rematch came, Ali clearly was the better man and won the rematch.
“More recently, Sugar Ray Leonard facing Roberto Duran in Montreal lost to Duran convincingly and five months later when they did the rematch, Leonard proved to be the superior fighter and not only won the fight, but made Durant quit. So rematches can be even more interesting than the original fight.”
The rematch will take place in Melbourne, Australia on October 15 (October 16 in Australia).