Kambosos Tells Haney ‘I’m Gonna Kick Your A–’ Ahead Of Title Fight
British promoter Eddie Hearn believes that WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney will beat unified champion George Kambosos Jr. Sunday, June 5th, in Melbourne, Australia.
Hearn has been showing a lot of respect to Haney (27-0, 15 KOs), due to the courage he believes he shows by agreeing to fight Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) in his home country of Australia , where a potential crowd of more than 50,000 will be rooting against him.
Haney will also not have his father, trainer, and manager, Bill Haney, there to support him, as the Australian government has barred him from entering the country due to a drug charge from 1992.
“You got to respect Devin Haney because he had to take this deal to get this fight. He’s got no promoter, really, and he’s got no help. His dad couldn’t get into the country,” said Hearn to iFL TV.
Hearn believes that Haney is good under pressure and strong mentally, and he does not see Haney being affected by the environment.
However, he is worried about how the environment will affect the overall match.
“My worry is that Kambosos’ work rate and the noise of the crowd will allow him to win and steal rounds.I believe Devin Haney will win the fight, and hopefully, he can get the decision. I love George and respect him, but obviously, I’m rooting for Devin Haney,” said Hearn.
However, one person who has not been as respectful to Haney is Kambosos himself.
When sharing the stage with Haney at Monday’s kickoff press conference, Kambosos used his time to throw unfounded remarks at Haney.
“I really don’t know, I really don’t know how they let this guy into the country, to be honest,” Kambosos stated, after addressing the visa issues that prevented Devin’s from entering the country. “I didn’t think they let informants into the country. This guy’s an informant. This guy’s a rat. I’ll tell you why.
“The Teofimo Lopez fight—a foreigner against his own countryman—he was messaging me throughout. He was giving me details, every bit. Teo’s at the hookah bar. Teo’s having problems with his wife. This is the kind person… this is a rat. This is a rat. This is a snitch, an informant.”
Haney disputed these remakes, although he was continuously interrupted by Kambosos, who insists he has proof of his claims.
During this match, Haney’s will be attempting to defend the WBC title he has held since 2019 for a fifth time. For Kambosos, this will be his first title defense and first appearance in his home country since October 2017, and he believes he will strip Haney’s title away from him.
“You know what? On Sunday, I’m gonna kick your a–,” said Kambosos. “When you go back to Las Vegas, you’ll have to look out for Teofimo Lopez because he’ll be looking for you, too.”