Via Scramm Max: Unified lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr believes Devin Haney’s defensive skills are not what he and many boxing fans consider to be.
Kambosos noted this week that 135-lb WBC champion Haney (27-0.15 KOs) gets caught quite often in his fights, and he’s currently injured.
With his 50% knockdown rate, Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) isn’t considered a major puncher. However, he feels he has more than enough power to force Haney to “run” from him when they met in the undisputed lightweight competition on June 5 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
For Haney to win the Kambosos home fight in Australia, he can run away from him, and if he holds his ground, his defensive flaws will be exposed.
Australian 28-year-old Kambosos is one of the most accurate punchers in lightweight, making him a serious threat to the undefeated 23-year-old WBC champion Haney.
Kambosos felt that Haney was a safer fight for him than his match last November against Teofimo Lomachenko or if he had passed with his intended goal of facing Vasyl Lomachenko. .
The match with Lomachenko was not possible for the Kambosos because the Ukrainians joined the territorial defense battalion to defend their country against the Russian invasion.
It’s not Haney’s poor defensive skills that have caused him problems in recent skirmishes, it’s his habit of wanting to take down opponents.
When Haney was beaten cleanly by his opponent, he showed anger and wanted to take revenge on them immediately. Instead of keeping his cool, he returned fire and put himself in danger of being caught.
That fighting style is very risky, especially for fighters with weak strength and a weak chin like Haney.
“In his mind, he might think they’re great, but we’ve seen that, he has been injured before, he was shaken, he was shaken,” Kambosos told Fighthype about Devin. “These people [Jorge Linares & Jojo Diaz]they fall beyond their top or featherweight classes.
Linares is 36 years old this year, but he badly hurt Haney in the title match in the 9th round of last year and dominated him until the end of the bout.
Luckily for Haney, he hit enough rounds in the first half of the round to win a decisive 12th round against former triple world champion Linares.
The main takeaway from the Haney-Linares fight is that Haney can get injured and his healing is poor.
“So when a natural light hit in his early stages clears and hits him over and over again, that’s when I’m very excited to see how he reacts,” Kambosos said. speak.
“We’ve seen in his last three fights, especially in the fight with Linares and the fight with Jojo Diaz – he thought he was a defensive boxer but got caught.”
Haney has been affected his entire career by his opposition, not just his fights with Linares and Diaz.
If you look back at Haney’s bout against Alfredo Santiago in 2019, he was injured by the tall 5’11” boxer when he decided to go to war with the Dominican Republic’s fighter.
The shoulder injury Haney suffered during the match against Santiago kept him on the shelf for a full year before returning to face 40-year-old Yuriorkis Gamboa in November 2020.
“I see more holes in Devin Haney than I do with [Teofimo] Lopez Kambosos said.
No one said that Haney was in the same class as Teofimo, so it’s not surprising that he’s less defensive than he is. That comes with maturity.
Going forward, Haney will need to mature and realize that he must control his emotions inside the ring with the Kambosos and his other antagonists if he is to continue to enjoy success inside. ring.