Devin Haney battled his way to a unanimous decision victory over George Kambosos to unify the WBC, IBF, WBA and WBO lightweight titles on Saturday night.
‘The Dream’ performed beautifully in front of over 40,000 fans at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, impressing all three ringside judges who scored the fight 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110 in his favor.
Haney is the first boxer to unify the lightweight division since Pernell Whitaker in 1990 and only the eighth undisputed champion of the four-belt era.
Although he achieved greatness in Australia, not everyone was impressed with Haney’s performance. Namely, Ryan Garcia, who took to social media to criticize what he considered a boring fight.
“Congratulations to Haney…but it was definitely just a bland fight. Anyway, I’ll just say you know who I want after Fortuna!!! Let them have their revenge lol. Absolutely ‘NyQuil’ type performance,” Garcia wrote on Twitter.
The former WBC interim lightweight champion also messaged fellow lightweight Gervonta Davis, but didn’t get the reaction he was hoping for as ‘Tank’ broke his overnight silence to make a comment.
“Gervonta Davis, are you watching this thing? “When we fight don’t leave it like this,” Garcia wrote.
“Shut the fuck up,” Davis replied.
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Former linear and unified lightweight titlist Teofimo Lopez also took to social media during the fight, but only to claim he wasn’t looking when Jake Paul mentioned his name.
“Damn I don’t even watch it but thanks for putting my name young man,” Lopez wrote.
After the fight, Lopez didn’t acknowledge Haney’s victory and instead congratulated himself on starting a new wave of boxing champions when he defeated Vasiliy Lomachenko in 2020.
“Just remember who started it!” #TheTakeover Gleeeeee,” Lopez replied as Shakur Stevenson reacted to Haney’s win.
It looks like after becoming the undisputed lightweight champion, Haney will have to face Kambosos again to solidify his reign due to the rematch clause in the contract.
“I want to take the best test, the toughest test and I’m going to give him all the respect for his victory and give him his time,” Kambosos said after the fight.
“We will do it again. I have to implement some things but I thought the fight was very close.
Haney is ready too. “If it has to happen, if Allah wills it to happen, I will be back,” he said of a potential rematch in Australia before sending a message to his opponent and those who root against him.
“I want to thank George Kambosos and all of Australia who came out. Thank you, George, for giving me my chance,” he said.
“A lot of these so-called champions, they didn’t want to give me a chance, but George was a real champion and he gave me my chance – thank you for that.”