Unified lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. believes Devin Haney’s defensive skills aren’t what he and many boxing fans consider them to be.
Kambosos noted this week that WBC 135-lb champion Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) gets caught quite frequently in his fights, and he’s now getting hurt.
With his 50% knockout rate, Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) isn’t considered a big puncher. Still, he feels he’s got more than enough power to force Haney to “run” from him when they meet for the undisputed lightweight contest on June 5th at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
For Haney to win the fight on Kambosos’ home soil in Australia, he can run from him, and if he stands his ground, his defensive flaws will be exposed.
The 28-year-old Australian Kambosos is one of the most accurate punchers in the lightweight division, making him a grave threat to the undefeated 23-year-old WBC champion Haney.
Kambosos feels that Haney is a safer fight for him than his match last November against Teofimo Lomachenko or if he’d gone through with his intended target of facing Vasyl Lomachenko.
“I see more holes in Devin Haney than I did with the [Teofimo] Lopez fight,” said Kambosos.
No one is saying that Haney is in the same class as Teofimo, so it shouldn’t be a shock that he’s less defensively sound than him. That comes with maturity.
Moving forward, Haney will need to mature and realize that he must control his emotions inside the ring with Kambosos and his other opposition if he wants to continue to enjoy success inside the ring.