Devin Haney thinks George Kambosos has a bright future ahead of him — it just won’t include a scenario in which the Aussie beats him inside the ring.
Haney, the undisputed lightweight champion from Oakland, California, recently responded to hints from Kambosos that he may consider retirement in the event that he fails to come up with the win in their upcoming rematch Oct. 15 (USA) at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
Haney added the IBF, WBA, and WBO titles to his existing WBC version by soundly outpointing Kambosos in their first meeting in June, which also took place in Melbourne but at the much larger Marvel Stadium. As a condition for getting the opportunity to fight Kambosos for all the belts, Haney had to agree to an immediate rematch with Kambosos.
The comprehensive way he defeated Kambosos, however, led some to feel that the rematch had been spoiled.
Nevertheless, Kambosos activated his rematch clause a few weeks later.
During a news conference to announce the rematch with Haney last month, Kambosos indicated he might call it a day if he can’t defeat Haney.
“I’m 29, this is the do-or-die for me now,” Kambosos said. "You will not see me if I don’t overcome this fight back in Australia; fighting domestic guys, that’s not me. Everything I have, I’ll be putting it to that ring and obviously my training and God willing, I’ll be victorious October 16.”
Haney, however, does not exactly buy Kambosos’ line, saying in a recent interview that his adversary has plenty of “big fights” that await him. Haney said he even thinks Kambosos may even wind up winning a title at some point down the line, which is entirely contingent, of course, on whether Haney suffers a loss in the ring or decides to vacate one or all of his belts.
“Honestly, I feel like he still has a lot in the tank,” Haney told FightHype.com. “I don’t feel like if he loses to me he goes into retirement, ‘cuz that’s just one person you can’t beat. But it’s a lot of big fights out there for him.
“He’s still young. Yeah, he can still challenge for the belts—he can still challenge for a belt eventually.”