Devin Haney vs. George Kambosos Jnr 2: Rematch locked in for undisputed lightweight title

Devin Haney vs. George Kambosos Jnr 2: Rematch locked in for undisputed lightweight title

George Kambosos will meet Devin Haney in Melbourne for the second time this year when the pair clash for the undisputed lightweight world title.

The rematch, set to take place at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday, October 16 (Oct. 15 in the US), was confirmed on Tuesday.

Haney took a dominant unanimous decision victory in the first bout at Marvel Stadium on June 5, relieving the Australian of his IBF, WBO, WBA, WBC (Franchise) and The Ring 135-lb titles in the process.

The American will go into the sequel as a big favourite but, as always, Kambosos will be backing himself no matter the odds.

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What happened in the first fight?

Both men headed into their June meeting full of confidence, with neither having tasted defeat as a professional.

Despite fighting a long way from home and dealing with the challenges of his father, and lead trainer, Bill’s entry into Australia, Haney came away with a decisive victory.

The 23-year-old boxed beautifully, controlling the fight with his jab and avoiding the majority of Kambosos’ attacks.

In the end, the judges scored it 116-112 x2, 118-10 for Haney, seeing him crowned the first undisputed lightweight champion in the four-belt era.

The win took Haney’s record to 28-0 with 15 knockouts, while Kambosos slipped to 20-1 with 10 stoppage victories.

Why is there a rematch?

Given the decisiveness of Haney’s victory in the first fight, many have suggested he would be better off taking on a different opponent in his next bout.

Fortunately for Australian fight fans, a condition of the contract ahead of June’s bout stated that, in the event Kambosos lost, Haney would be bound to rematch him in Australia.

Because Kambosos had the IBF, WBO, WBA, WBC (Franchise) and The Ring titles following his victory over Teofimo Lopez, he had all the power in the negotiations.

After Haney got the win in June, it didn’t take Kambosos long to activate the rematch clause and pave the way for a second fight.

Haney vs. Kambosos 2: What are the betting odds for the rematch?

In the first fight, Haney was a slight favourite ($1.65) with the bookies, but many gave Kambosos ($2.40) a good chance of getting the victory.

The second time round, bettors can find a lot more value on Kambosos if they think he can make the necessary adjustments and get his hand raised.

Odds via Palmerbet at 23/08.

Devin Haney $1.15George Kambosos $5

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The current state of the lightweight division

The lightweight division remains one of boxing’s most intriguing, with a host big names and a range of styles among those at the top.

Haney is currently the IBF, WBC, WBA, WBO and The Ring titleholder, cementing himself as the top dog at 135 pounds, and arguably the best young boxer on the planet.

A win for Kambosos in October will see him collect all Haney’s belts and turn the division on its head.

Elsewhere, we have former unified champion Vasyl Lomachenko who is set to face Jamaine Ortiz in late October – his first fight since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine put his career on hold.

Another star of the division, and holder of the WBA (Regular) title is the heavy-handed Gervonta “Tank” Davis.

The 27-year-old doesn’t have a fight lined up but rumours persist regarding a meeting with fellow undefeated American Ryan Garcia – a bout which would garner significant attention given both men’s large followings and fan-friendly styles.

Regardless of the outcome on October 16, there will still be a host of great matchups to be made among the lightweight ranks.