By: Sean Cross
George Kambossos, usually boisterous, was quietly quiet in his rematch with Devin Haney, the lightweight he took on last June. Hani, who traveled back to Kambossos’ native Australia to confront him, didn’t let the sound of silence bother him. “The great ones get encouragement either way,” he said FightHype In an interview. Kambossos wasn’t expected to become a heavyweight powerhouse, but at the end of 2021 he stunned the then red Tefimo Lopez to become the unified champion, letting the world know that he was a man to be missed.
And Honey, in Kambosos’ home country, rightly counted against Kambosos when the two men fought for the undisputed world heavyweight championship last June. Just as Kamboss outstrated Lopez, Hanim outsmarted Kamboss. Needless to say, the wrestling world is basically anticipating a replay of the first fight when the two men return the bell at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne on Saturday. But Haney isn’t taking his chosen foil for granted. “It was a blessing to fight on that big stage and I’m looking forward to doing it again,” he said of his first fight with Kambossos.
Hani Kambossos knows he’s too smart a fighter to employ a game plan that fails twice, so he prepared himself for any eventuality on Saturday. “I know he’s going to come with a different game plan this time,” Haney said of Kambossos. For sure, Honey feels like Kambosos will definitely leave it all in the ring this weekend. “He’s desperate,” Haney said. “He said he would retire if he didn’t win. It’s coming balls to the wall.” Also, Hani is a fighter who always sees room for improvement. “We feel like it’s always going to get better,” he said. FightHype
If Kambossos doesn’t shock the world on Saturday – and it’s worth noting that he did just that with a win over Teofimo Lopez a few years ago – a big and notable line-up of talent awaits Hani just around the corner. Whether it’s Vasyl Lomachenko, Ryan Garcia or Gervonta Davis, a big-name fight is likely out of contract. While this is modern boxing, there is always the question of whether or not any of these contracts will be signed. To their credit, boxers are safer than they used to be, but they’re simply not as ambitious as they used to be.