Devin Haney has delivered a brutal sledge toward Australia’s George Kambosos ahead of their world-title rematch, saying his opponent’s trash talk is so bad that Aussie fans have now embraced him instead.
The American has kept a very low profile in the build-up to the rematch at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Sunday, spending much of his fight camp sleeping on a mattress in his Sydney gym and doing barely any media interviews.
The defending lightweight champion has arrived back down under for the first time since he dismantled Kambosos in front of 40,000 fans at Marvel Stadium in a slick 12-round performance.
Devin Haney made history when he became the first man to unify the lightweight division in the four-belt era when he beat George Kambosos. He believes Kambosos’ trash talk was so bad the last time they met that Aussies have now embraced him
‘Everything he said he was going to do, he couldn’t do, he didn’t do and it worked against him. ‘I feel like Australia has taken me in as one of my own. ‘George has made it easier for Australia to latch onto me.
Haney says he was not at all surprised after the outcome of their last bout, suggesting the 29-year-old embarrassed himself by not following through on any of his prefight promises. ‘His trash talk played against him,’ said the undefeated American. ‘He is a bit quiet this time. I don’t know if it’s something strategic or what, but at the end of the day, I will do what I do, whether he is talking loud or he’s not.
‘Everything I said I would do in the first fight I did.’ Many boxing experts and fans feel the Aussie has only a puncher’s chance against Haney – who demolished Kambosos with his jab to make history as the first man to unify the lightweight division in the four-belt era. And the 23-year-old believes it’s going to go the same way again because he’s simply the better fighter.
‘I have been polishing my tools since the first fight,’ Haney said.‘I am ready for whatever George brings to the table. ‘I will be a better version this time around. I will beat him because it’s part of the game, George wants what I’ve got and that’s the belts.
‘It’s going to be sweeter this time, getting them back and becoming a two-time undisputed champion,’ Kambosos told the Herald. ‘This here is serious legacy, not only in Australian boxing but world boxing. This gives me goosebumps, that’s why I’m so motivated. ‘
‘Kambosos has a solid team but on the night I was the better fighter and it won’t be any different on October 16.’ Kambosos claims he’s been silent this time around because the rematch ‘sells itself’ and he’s confident he’s made all the changes needed to get his belts back.
‘Ferocious’ has reunited with his original Australian trainer Chris Bakis who will be in his corner at Melbourne‘s Rod Laver Arena. Bakis is a highly-respected coach and was with Kambosos for the first 14 fights of his career that delivered Australian and Oceania lightweight titles.
‘The fire is burning. I can’t wait to get in there. I’ve been patient, but I am champing at the bit as well. This is legacy right here.’ It was also revealed on Wednesday that Kambosos will not have his American trainer Javiel Centeno with him for Sunday’s bout.