- Date & Location: Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia
- What’s on the line: Undisputed lightweight title
- Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: ESPN
Two undefeated lightweights face off at Melbourne’s massive Marvel Stadium on June 4. The undisputed lightweight title will be on the line when Australia’s George Kambosos Jr. faces American Devin Haney.
Kambosos pulled off one of the biggest upsets in boxing in 2021 when he scored a split decision win over Teofimo Lopez in November in New York City. Lopez was a -1250 favorite over Kambosos, who came in as the +500 underdog. With the upset win, Kambosos took home the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles. The 28-year-old Australian sports a 20-0 record with 10 knockouts.
The 23-year-old Haney won the vacant WBC interim lightweight crown in 2019. Since being elevated to WBC lightweight champion, Haney has defended his title four times. His most recent win came in December when he took a unanimous decision against Joseph Diaz. Haney is 27-0 with 15 knockout wins — but none since May 2019 — The Ring has Haney rated at No. 3 in the lightweight division.
George Kambosos vs. Devin Haney picks
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George Kambosos vs. Devin Haney prediction and pick
This fight might be a little under the radar, but fans should not miss this matchup because it looks like it will be a very exciting scrap between two promising lightweights.
There’s a lot to like about George Kambosos. He has very fast hands and that allows him to work his jab well and then follow up with body shots or overhand power punches. He also does a nice job in using a lead hook, which is something that we don’t see a lot of. Defensively, Kambosos is a smart fighter. He uses his footwork well, and he has good head movement when he remembers that he cannot leave his chin hanging out there to be touched by counters.
As for Devin Haney, he too has impressive hand speed. Haney does a fantastic job with his jab. He mixes up his lead strikes well, touching the head and the body of his opponent, and then, when he has established the lead hand, he unleashes his power. Haney is a better natural defender than Kambosos, and his speed and reflexes help him avoid a lot of what’s coming his way.
Neither of these men is going to score a lot of knockouts against elite competition.
All things being equal, I think Haney gets it done in this fight.
Pick: Devin Haney to beat George Kambosos.
Who has the edge?
This is where it gets tricky. With the fight taking place in Australia, there is a chance Kambosos will get favorable judging. With a knockout not likely, that puts Haney at a bit of a disadvantage. To overcome that disadvantage, Haney needs to score more. I think he can accomplish that because Kambosos sometimes struggles defensively.
Kambosos is susceptible to overhands. He can also get caught admiring his work, and he has a tendency to sometimes not set his feet properly while he is in range of his opponent. Haney can make him pay for those mistakes.
Prediction: Devin Haney to win via decision
Betting value with Haney
I expect this one to go the distance. With that, there is value in the over as far as rounds.
Haney is the favorite in this contest, but he’s not a prohibitive favorite, so there is some value in betting him for the win as well.
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