Devin Haney is a man with a plan, but one he doesn’t want to share just yet as he promises to exploit the holes found in George Kambosos Jr and return to America as the undisputed lightweight champion of the world next month.
The 23-year-old takes his ‘anyone, anytime, anywhere’ mantra to Melbourne on June 5 when the WBC champion seeks to dethrone the current WBA, IBF and WBO belt holder in the Australian Ferocious Kambosos.
It awaits the biggest night of what remains a young but seasoned career for the undefeated Haney (27-0) who is coming off unanimous decision victories over Jorge Linares and, most recently, Joseph Diaz.
Kambosos (20-0) returns to Australia after stunning the boxing world by becoming unified champion with a win over Teófimo López, who beat Vasiliy Lomachenko the year before.
“This opportunity means everything to me, it’s the Super Bowl of the lightweight division, the biggest fight in the lightweight division, it means everything and I will take full advantage of it,” Haney told Sky Sports.
“There are many ways, there are many holes and different ways to beat him, but the only game plan we have, we really feel like it will work.
“But you never know until you get in the ring. We’re ready for anything, whatever he brings to the table, we’ll be ready for and I can’t wait.
“Obviously if you look at him enough you can see the habits and the things they do. Of course he has holes, of course he has bad habits, I will look to show him.
“I’m not going to sit here and let him know exactly the holes I see, what good would that do? I’m going to save him for fight night and after fight night you can ask me how I ran the holes.”
Haney is set to enter the fight without his father Bill in his corner due to problems obtaining a visa to travel to Australia following a drug felony conviction dating back to 1992.
Yoel Judah, father of former multi-weight world champion Zab Judah, will now lead Haney’s team during the fight.
“What can we do? We have to make the most of it, it’s not there but it’s installed in me what I have to do,” Haney said.
“My dad can’t fight for me, he can’t come in there and fight George Kambosos. We’re going to take the belts home and show my dad after the fight.”
Kambosos Jr has meanwhile taken Haney’s father’s absence as an opportunity to fuel their rivalry, suggesting to local media that an “apology” would be made if his opponent came second.
Haney is not fazed. In fact, he encouraged the 28-year-old to continue the fight talk.
“He can try to think for me all he wants, do it, go ahead, keep thinking for me, talk for me,” Haney said. “All I focus on is getting the win. I can’t think of any excuses.
“I’m going to let the world praise me and I’ll be unchallenged and it’ll be a good result for me, so I’m not thinking of any excuses or anything but winning the fight.
“I like his approach, he does nothing but sell the fight, that’s what he does, he wants to have a sold out arena, wants to get as many eyeballs on the fight as possible and in do a great job, I want it to keep doing it.”
Haney says he’s acclimated quickly and smoothly since coming into the world and intends to show off his world credentials at Marvel Stadium in less than a fortnight. He is ready and hopes Kambosos will be the same.
“Bring your A game, I’ll bring mine, may the best man win in front of the fans for all the belts for the undisputed true king,” Haney said. “Be ready, because I come for everything.”