Devin Haney was willing to step up and fly to Australia to battle George Kambosos Jr. for the undisputed lightweight championship on Saturday night. That proved to be a very profitable decision for Haney as he dominated Kambosos across 12 rounds to win all four world championships at 135 pounds.
Haney becomes just the ninth fighter to unify all four recognized titles in any weight class and the second youngest at just 23.
There was very little drama in the bout, with Haney immediately establishing a brilliant jab that kept Kambosos from ever getting his offense going. As the jab landed, Haney fired lead left hooks and straight right hands behind it, each shot discouraging Kambosos from letting go with the right hand he seemed to have loaded up the entire night.
In the end, Haney picked up the unanimous decision victory with the official scorecards reading 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110.
“I handicapped him at his best game,” Haney said after the fight. “He wanted to land the overhand right and the big left hook. I handicapped him. I was fighting both ways. When I would go to the left I would fight his right hand. When I would go to the right, I would fight his hook. He couldn’t land either one of them.”
Haney entered the WBC champion while Kambosos was the WBC franchise champion along with holding the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles. Now, Haney leaves with all the gold and with a bright future ahead of him.
CBS Sports was with you throughout the entire way on Saturday for both events, so be sure to follow along with the live results and highlights below.
- Devin Haney (c) def. Georgie Kambosos Jr. via unanimous decision (116-112, 116-112, 118-110)
- Stephen Fulton (c) def. Daniel Roman via unanimous decision (119-109, 120-108, 120-108)