George Kambosos vs Devin Haney undisputed lightweight world title rematch set for October in Melbourne


George Kambosos Jr will attempt to win back his lightweight world titles in a rematch with Devin Haney — and says he will walk away if he doesn’t succeed.

“I’ve always been like that. No plan B, do or die and, if I’m not victorious, adios Ferocious Kambosos,” the 29-year-old told ABC News.

“But, I’m one victory away from being at the top again and being the undisputed champion.”


Haney (28-0) inflicted Kambosos’s (20-1) first career defeat in the pro ranks with a technical boxing clinic in front of over 40,000 spectators at Docklands in June.

The judges scored the first fight 116-112, 116-112, 118-110 in a lopsided contest, making Haney the first unified lightweight champion in the four-belt era.

“I was actually humbled by it [the defeat],” Kambosos said.

“It refreshes me. Maybe I needed this loss. It was time for me to lose and to bounce back.”

Despite being comprehensively outclassed in that first meeting, Kambosos held true to his promise to trigger the rematch, which will take place at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on October 16 with the WBO, WBA, WBC, IBF and The Ring belts on the line. 

Devin Haney jabs at George Kambosos' face
Devin Haney (left) was clinical and frustrating at Docklands stadium.(Getty Images: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc)

“[Taking the rematch is] about proving something to myself but also being a great role model for my kids.

“It’s for my kids to see that, ‘you know what, dad failed on one thing but he came back and was victorious again’.”

Haney was a cut above at Docklands in June, meaning Kambosos will be a heavy underdog coming into the rematch — a fact that barely bothers the Australian. 

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