George Kambosos Jr and Devin Haney face off tonight for the undisputed lightweight championship of the boxing world.
Melbourne is the scene of a much-anticipated clash between two unbeaten stars and bitter rivals, with Kambosos Jr mounting the first defense of his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and The Ring belts.
It’s been six months since the 28-year-old from Sydney stunned boxing when he edged out Teofimo Lopez by split decision in New York’s Madison Square Garden to become the unified champion at 135 pounds, one of the deepest and deepest splits. boxing talent that also includes the likes of Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, who delivered a thrilling knockout of Rolly Romero last weekend.
It was Lopez’s first defense of the unified status he had taken with a shock win over Vasiliy Lomachenko 13 months earlier. Kambosos Jr will be eager to avoid suffering the same fate on Saturday night, but will face a very tough test against American Haney.
‘The Dream’ has held the WBC lightweight bracelet since 2019, defending it four times against Jorge Linares and Yuriorkis Gamboa. Haney was last in action in December, when he picked up a dominant decision win over Joseph Diaz Jr in Las Vegas.
There’s certainly no love lost between these opponents, with accusations and prickly barbs coming and going once again during the fight week below. Who will emerge victorious in this final tantalizing battle for lightweight supremacy?
Kambosos Jr vs Haney date, start time, location and ring walks
Kambosos Jr vs Haney takes place tonight, Saturday June 4, 2022, at a sold-out Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
The chief supporting card is set to start around 1am BST (10am local time), with walks to the ring for the main event expected around 4am on another late night for UK fight fans.
Kambosos Jr vs Haney fight card / undercard in full
George Kambosos Jr vs. Devin Haney
Jason Moloney vs Aston Palicte
Hemi Ahio vs. Christian Ndzie Tsoye
David Nyika against Karim Maatalla
Lucas Browne v Junior FA
Terry Nickolas vs. Lachlan Higgins
Yoel Angeloni vs. Ken Aitken
Hussein Fayad vs. Pom Thanawut Phetkum
Isaias Henriquez Sette vs. Luke Gersbeck
How to watch Kambosos Jr vs. Haney
TV channel: In the UK, Kambosos Jr vs Haney airs live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action, with coverage starting at 2am BST on Sunday morning.
Direct: Subscribers can also follow the action live online via Sky Go.
Weight Kambosos Jr vs Haney
Friday’s weigh-in was a tense affair, with Kambosos Jr initially missing the 135-pound limit by 0.36 pounds.
This led to scenes of confrontation between the two sides, although he returned an hour later and tipped the scales at 134.49 pounds.
Haney had no such issues, making weight on the first attempt at 134.92 pounds.
Kambosos Jr vs Haney Prediction
Despite his belts, Kambosos Jr enters this contest as a familiar loser.
Although he enjoys strong support from a passionate following, it might just be a step too far for the Aussie.
Haney is a super talent and will be determined to show it on the biggest stage on Saturday night, especially with his influential father and trainer at ringside after being granted a late visa to travel.
Haney to win via unanimous decision.
Kambosos Jr vs. Haney Odds
Victory for Kambosos Jr: 5/4
Haney winner: 8/13
Kambosos Jr by decision/technical decision: 10/23
Kambosos Jr by KO, TKO or DQ: 5/1
Haney by decision/technical decision: Evens
Haney by KO, TKO or DQ: 11/2
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).