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Devin Haney retains WBC light-weight belt in choice over Kambosos

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American Devin Haney made it official — and unanimous — on Sunday. He is the undisputed world light-weight boxing champion.

Haney retained his WBC light-weight title and added three extra from the load class after his unanimous factors choice over Australian George Kambosos.

The 23-year-old Haney gained three of the primary 4 rounds and was effectively forward on the midway level of the 12-round bout to develop into undisputed champion within the light-weight division.

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The judges scored the battle 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110 in Haney’s favor.

Haney, who proved to be the higher technical fighter earlier than a crowd of 41,129 on the lined Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, now has an undefeated report of 28-0 with 15 KOs.

“I used to be snug, simply sticking to the sport plan,” Haney stated. “The sport plan was to hit and never get hit. I fought a great sensible battle. He couldn’t hit me with both of his greatest photographs.”

Haney praised the U.S.-based Kambosos, who was combating for the primary time in his native Australia in 5 years.

“I take my hat off to him, he’s a real warrior. Although he bought disrespectful, I stayed a gentleman,” Haney stated. “Quite a lot of these so-called champions wouldn’t give me my shot, however George has.”

Kambosos, 28, held the WBO, WBA, and IBF light-weight titles heading into the battle. These now belong to Haney.

Kambosos’ unbeaten professional profession report has ended — he is 20-1 with 10 KOs. Kambosos gained all three of his world titles when he beat Teofimo Lopez in 2019.

“It’s wonderful for the game and the nation,” Kambosos stated after handing over his belts to Haney. “I needed to take the toughest take a look at and I’ll give him full respect after his victory. Let him have his time.”

Whereas Kambosos landed the heavier blows all through the 12-round contest, Haney peppered the house hope with left jabs to win over the judges.

The fighters barely threw a punch in a watchful opening spherical that Kambosos might have stolen with a late mixture to the American’s physique. Kambosos landed the primary huge punch of the battle, a heavy proper to Haney’s head, within the second because the Australian had his challenger retreating.

A extra aggressive Haney took the third spherical with a collection of left jabs and appeared to have additionally shaded the fourth earlier than Kambosos delivered an enormous left hook late.

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Kambosos landed one other robust, much-needed left within the sixth spherical as Haney’s peppering jab started to point out on the Australian’s face. Haney managed rounds seven and eight, leaving Kambosos to search out one thing to sway the judges.

The Australian took the ninth spherical, however could not penetrate Haney’s protection within the last rounds.

“I believed the battle was very shut,” Kambosos stated. “He boxed his sport, he moved. He didn’t wish to come to battle an excessive amount of however that’s his sport.”

Kambosos prompt a rematch is perhaps within the playing cards.

“I’m going to vary a couple of issues and get him again later this yr,” Kambosos stated. “I take the danger, not many needed to battle him however I gave him a shot. At present they gave him the choice however I’m certain that may change once we get it on once more.”

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