Devin Haney On Fighting Kambosos In Australia- “I’ll Go To Jupiter”
In the aftermath of his latest impressive decision win to retain his version of the WBC Lightweight title, unbeaten California Devin Haney has now set himself up for a bigger fight in the first part of 2022. And, it was apparent immediately after his win over JoJo Diaz was over, a follow up-bout will likely be against the Undisputed champion at 1:35, Australian George Kambosos.
Kambosos, fresh off his shocking upset a former champ Teofimo Lopez last weekend in New York himself, was not only ringside for Haney’s decision win Saturday night in Vegas, he was also on the DAZN streaming broadcast giving commentary before and after the fight.
Then, once Haney’s hand was raised in victory for the third defense of his version of the WBC belt, Haney and Kambosos both spoke and hyped up a possible fight for them coming soon. The biggest takeaway is Kambosos’ desire to defend his championship in his native Australia and the apparent desire by the Californian Haney to go fight him “Down Under.”
"Let's make it happen" 🤝
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) December 5, 2021
“He has most of the belts. I have no problem with him being the favorite (in Undisputed fight). I think we gotta go in there and settle it,” Haney, now 27-0, 15 KOs, told DAZN’s Todd Grisham, while standing five feet from Kambosos.
“Full respect. Great victory. You handled your business. I handled my business last week….now we can talk,” Kambosos said to Haney in reply.
Then, Haney made it clear that fighting in Australia (at least for now) isn’t a problem for him.
“Let’s make it happen. Looking forward to it. Gonna go pick up some belts out there….I’ll go to Jupiter if I have to.”
Now there could be some roadblocks in the way, including the purse for Haney to take the risk of fighting Kambosos there. The other reality is: that even with the upset of Lopez will Kambosos-Haney be a big enough draw in Australia to give both fighters the type of money they would be looking for?
Still, in an era where the top fighters in divisions often avoid each other for years at a time, it was refreshing to see late Saturday night in the Vegas desert the unbeaten Kambosos and the unbeaten Haney could become a reality soon