Watch Devin Haney vs. George Kambosos Jr. Video highlights from Saturday’s boxing main event full fight courtesy of Top Rank Boxing and other outlets.
George Kambosos vs. Devin Haney took place on June 4 at the Marvel Arena in Melbourne, Australia. WBA, IBF and WBO champion George Kambosos Jr. (20-1, 10 KOs) took on WBC champion Devin Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) in a lightweight title unification match in the main event of the night. The fight was streamed live on ESPN and ESPN+.
Watch the video highlights below.
Round 1: Very measured start, the two men seeking to counter. Very slow first round, each man throwing one punch at a time, with plenty of rest in between. Less than a minute left, and Haney leads this round based on two landed jabs. Kambosos’ right hook annoys the crowd. Ref takes a time out to warn Kambosos about the outfit. Few free kicks landed, most of which came from Haney. Hany 10-9
Round 2: Kambosos goes loose with a few sharp hooks early on, nothing serious lands. Kambosos misses with a hard right hook counter. Kambosos vs. Haney on the charge and Haney rattled a bit! Carry on again and Kambosos again tries to keep Haney at a sufficient distance to counter the move. Haney sneaks in a jab. Lots of links and Kambosos firing hooks inside to close out the round. Kambosos 10-9 (19-19)
Round 3: Nice straight left from Kambosos as Haney dives. Haney lands one on a four-hit combo midway through. Kambosos focused on time counters and had some success with them. Bull Haney rushes Kambosos into the ropes, ref resets them in the middle of the ring. Haney moves well to thwart Kambosos’ initiation attempts. A very tense and nervous fight so far with bursts of action but much more pace and spacing. Hany 10-9 (29-28)
Round 4: Haney with a double jab, Kambosos avoids. Flurry from Kambosos does not land. Haney jab countered by one that lands clean from Kambosos. One minute left and not much clean either way so far. Nice straight from Haney. Kambosos with a right hand to the head, advancing later in the round. Kambosos’ hard hook late, may have stolen the sleeve with him. Kambosos 10-9 (38-38)
Round 5: Haney’s uppercut knocks Kambosos back for a while. The right hand to the body of Kambosos gets a reaction. Another right to the body, but doesn’t land as cleanly for Kambosos. Two-hit combo from Kambosos, and they’re tied again. Haney jabs, Kambosos counters with two punches. Left hook from Kambosos partially blocked. Haney is prompted to throw a right behind his jab, but Kambosos is the one to put it in play.
I try to put aside any Kambosos bias, but these are tight rounds and I think Kambosos landed more and bigger punches. Kambosos 10-9 (48-47)
Round 6: Haney with a ranged three-hit combo. .Kambosos tries to make his way inside. Tied up again, as both men are quick to neutralize the other when the gap closes. Kambosos with a short right hand to the body. Kambosos lands a nice left hook! Tied up some more, trading slaps behind the head. Haney calling for a low kick warning, nothing comes. Kambosos 10-9 (58-56)
Round 7: Jabbing tighter, and Kambosos puts Haney in a headlock on the tie. Kambosos makes his way inside, and we’re tied to the ropes again. Haney lands remotely. Kambosos’ hook lands on Haney’s arm. Clash of heads and chests in the last minute, no one was injured. Haney with a sharp double jab. Haney follows up a clean shot with a blocked right hand. Tim Bradley is losing his mind over Haney, for what it’s worth. Haney 10-9 (Kambosos 67-66)
Round 8: Jab from Haney turns Kambosos, who isn’t throwing much at the start of this round. Against left to the body of Kambosos. Comment pointing out the flush in Kambosos’ face, who, to be fair, was flushed in the face before the fight even started. Nice one-two from Haney and Kambosos misses on his counters. Haney’s jab splits Kambosos’ guard. Kambosos pressing in the last seconds, nice right to the body on Haney. Lots of jab work from Haney in this round. Hany 10-9 (76-76)
Round 9: Straight from Haney lands hard. Kambosos with one of his own, and Haney lands a sharp kick in return. Haney down after a ruckus in the corner, called a slide. Kambosos with a wild left hook, doesn’t land but hits the ropes. Just above the upper lands of Kambosos. Kambosos is more active than he has been in a few rounds and is seeing the results. Kambosos 10-9 (86-85)
Round 10: Kambosos leads with a left to the body. Haney hits cleanly. A deuce from Kambosos does not find the target. Haney’s right hook to the body hits an elbow or a bicep. Kambosos with two left hooks, one landing. Back and forth action in the middle of the ring. Both men look very fresh for round 10. Kambosos lands a right hand. Kambosos gets a little rough, holds a glove and cuts Haney. Ref breaks everything. The comment is VERY pro Haney, and maybe I’m just a Greek fan who doesn’t see it. But I think it’s a close fight that tips Kambosos round by round. Kambosos misses a big uppercut to end the round. Kambosos 10-9 (96-94)
Round 11: Haney stings with jabs, Kambosos still tries to time him with counters from range. Long tie again. Haney slams a clean jab. Wrapped chest to back, dirty dancing and exchanging snapping slaps in the embrace. Left hand lands for Haney. The crowd boos as Haney backs up to maintain separation and continues to sting. It was enough to take this round, though. Haney 10-9 (Kambosos 105-104)
Round 12: Touch of gloves to start the final round. Haney circles and backs up. Kambosos tries to pull off a power punch and loses his balance. Haney spiking as he circles and retreats, Kambosos does little to reach him and work. Kambosos’ two-hit combo doesn’t land cleanly. Last minute, Haney pulls this one out. Kambosos tries to slip punches, but Haney covers well. Jab from Haney and a tangle as the ten second bell rings. Both men clap and respect as the final bell rings.
The comment gives the impression that Haney dominated. Maybe I’m way, way out of the way on this one, but I’ve got this round for Kambosos and it’s enough to take the fight. And I thought I was trying to counter my Greek bias. We’ll see what the judges say. Kambosos 10-9 (115-113)