Via Sean Jones: Tim Bradley said WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney would be the favorite to beat 135 lb four-belt champion George Kambosos Jr in their undisputed bout this summer in Melbourne, Australia.
Haney’s skill advantage is the reason he is seen as a favorite by bettors and the boxing public when facing off against IBF/WBA/WBC Franchise/WBO Kambosos Jr. (20-0, 15 KOs).
Bradley worried that Haney’s fitness problems could show up in the later rounds, leaving him stationary and vulnerable to the powerful and precise right arm from the Kambosos.
Although not known for his fighting prowess, Kambosos hits harder than people think. Bradley feels that Kambosos’s power is underrated, and he thinks he can deal damage with his right hand.
To be sure, we saw the Kambosos take down Teofimo Lopez in the first round and make his face bloody in their subsequent rounds last November.
The match between Kambosos vs. Haney is still in talks on June 5 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. Just last week, Vasyl Lomachenko revealed that he would stay in Ukraine to defend his country against the Russian invasion.
Until last week, Lomachenko was in a vital position against Kambosos on June 5.
Bradley: Haney will be the favorite
“I will tell you right now that, although Kambosos is the champion, the favorite will be Haney“Tim Bradley said to Fighthype on June 5 the potential fight between George Kambosos Jr. and Devin Haney.
“I would say that because of his outstanding overall skill and just being a pure fighter, a lot of people will support him to win the fight,” Bradley said.
“You can take a poll right now, and I bet you 60 to 70% will say ‘Haney.‘But Kambosos is tricky, and he’s showing confidence right now. He had the best performance of his life against Teofimo Lopez, and you can’t take anything from him for that.
“He was so famous, and he had belts around his waist, and what does that do to you when you know you’re a man,” Bradley said of Kambosos Jr of his popularity. That has been achieved since dethroning former fourth-quarter lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez on November 27.
Kambosos’ right hand will be a problem
“So it won’t be easy. I think Kambosos brings an element of difference,” Bradley said. “I think he can punchand I think his speed is underrated, his punches are underrated, his chin is underrated, his coordination is underrated.
“He’s too fast, man. He’s nimble,” Bradley said of the Kambosos. “He has quick hands; they reach the target. He was also accurate with those shots.
“He also has a really good team with him; His team is solid across the board from nutrition to endurance and conditioning, cardio, you might say. He has everything for him to succeed, man,” Bradley said.
If Kambosos can hit Haney the way Jorge Linares and Joseph ‘Jojo’ Diaz Jr did in their later innings, it will be very bad for him.
Linares severely injured Haney during their match last May, and the only reason to finish him off was that he didn’t fight through the relentless bumps Devin initiated in the innings. nine to twelve when he was wounded.
“He’s going to have a hard time, he’s going to stay at home, and if Haney isn’t knocked out, knocked out, or his ear is lost, it’s going to be very difficult to win there at home. [in Australia]it really is,” Bradley said.
“I have not studied cinema. I know the style of both boys and what they bring. I’m worried about having my right hand infiltrate Haney; I really am like that. Just looking at his previous fights, he was hit with his right hand.
“When he was hit by Linares, it was a right hand. It’s vicious; it’s inside. I know he’s standing his ground. That’s the thing with Haney. He has some quick shots in his shots, but he also gets bored at times.
“He doesn’t get bored, but a lot of what he does, it’s repetitive, and you can catch it a little later, especially when he slows down a bit, slows down and doubles down. when standing still.
Haney is vulnerable late
Bradley felt that Haney faltered in the later rounds, not moving much, forced to stand in his pocket against his more uncomfortable opposition.
We saw in Haney’s recent games against Joseph ‘Jojo’ Diaz Jr and Jorge Linares that he was very vulnerable in the later innings after he was lackluster and unable to move as well as he did. before.
“Those are vulnerable moments Bradley said. “That’s when I saw Kambosos appear in the late moments of the war, where he [Haney] must stand your ground and can’t move anymore trying to find a way out and get out of the way.
“You can only move and run for a certain amount of time before a guy catches up with you, and a guy I think has good legs, a guy with strength, like I told you. you, speed, confidence, fight at home. [in Australia] with the crowd pushing you, that’s Kambosos, man.
“So I can’t make a prediction for you right now. I’ve met Haney before, but that was when he was young. Haney has done some remarkable things in terms of business and boxing; I think he’s done some remarkable things in this sport.
“As young as he is, climbing the way he climbs and doing it the old way, that’s the way Roy [Jones Jr] did. Having its own business, doing its own thing, and not really being connected.
“He has Eddie Hearn [of Matchroom Boxing]and he’s getting paid a lot, and he’s fighting quality competitors,” Bradley said of Devin Haney.