Final results: Devin Haney wins a unanimous decision by scores of 119-109, 118-110, 118-110
The lightweight division is in the spotlight Saturday evening with a battle for the undisputed crown in Melbourne, Australia. Devin Haney and George Kambosos, Jr. face off in a rematch of their June bout. The main event is expected to start around 10:30 p.m. and will air on ESPN.
Haney won a unanimous decision over Kambosos to claim king of the division status. Haney entered the bout with the WBC title, while Kambosos held the WBA, WBO, IBF, and The Ring titles following his upset of Teófimo López. Haney won decisively to become the division’s first undisputed champ in the four belt era, and the first undisputed lightweight since Pernell Whitaker accomplished the task in 1990.
Haney comes into the bout as the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is a -1000 favorite while Kambosos is a +600 underdog. The favored fight outcome is Haney by decision at -220. That’s followed by a Haney stoppage at +220, a Kambosos decision at +1200, and a Kambosos stoppage at +1600.
Devin Haney vs. George Kambosos, Jr. 2 round-by-round results
Round 1: Kambosos 10-9
It was a messy first round of clinching and headlocks more than real action. Kambosos was busier but after two minutes it looked like Haney might win the round. However, Kambosos landed some solid shots in the final 20 seconds to win the round.
Round 2: Haney 10-9 (19-19)
The second round started off busier in the first minute. He landed a great right hand 49 seconds into the round. Midway through the round, Kambosos landed a solid flick jab, but couldn’t follow up on it. Kambosos keeps switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw right in front of Haney, but not much comes of it. He sometimes seems a little off-balance, but at some point Haney has to take advantage of that. Haney got the win by landing the bigger punches.
Round 3: Haney 10-9 (29-28)
Kambosos landed a nice shot at 1:38, but for all his movement he hasn’t been landing much. It was followed late in the second minute with a nice two-punch combo. He landed another solid right with 30 seconds left. Haney finished strong with a couple strong shots in the final 15 seconds.
Round 4: Haney 10-9 (39-37)
Haney remains the more productive fighter even as Kambosos jumps around and switches positions. This wasn’t an overly productive round for either fighter. Kambosos had a couple decent moments just ahead of the final minute and this round could go either way.
Round 5: Haney 10-9 (49-46)
Haney is countering pretty well when Kambosos comes lunging in. That’s enough at this point to keep winning these rounds. Kambosos got a solid hook in at the end of the round, but it’s still not enough to make up for the remaining two and a half minutes.
Round 6: Haney 10-9 (59-55)
Haney keeps hitting solid two-punch combos and rights that are stopping Kambosos in his tracks. Kambosos is mostly missing with regularity.
Round 7: Haney 10-9 (69-64)
Haney is teeing off on Kambosos at this point. The Australian has landed a few shots here and there, including a couple body shots that seemed to stop Haney. But it’s just in spurts and not enough to overcome what Haney is doing to him every round.
Round 8: Kambosos 10-9 (Haney 78-74)
Haney seemed like he’d grab another round, but Kambosos got busy late and landed a couple big punches to potentially steal this round.
Round 9: Kambosos 10-9 (Haney 87-84)
This was a fun round with both fighters landing some big shots. Kambosos has regrouped and is looking a little better. He did just enough to win this round.
Round 10: Haney 10-9 (97-93)
The fighters are both dealing with cuts, although Kambosos is dealing with more of it. Kambosos only landed one clean punch in the ninth round and Haney has been effective landing blows. It resulted in Kambosos getting checked by the fight doctor, although he was cleared to continue in spite of all the blood.
Round 11: Haney 10-9 (107-102)
Haney having little trouble teeing off on Kambosos. While Kambosos isn’t giving up, there’s just not enough happening for him to come close to winning some of these rounds. He’s not going to get knocked out, but he’s not going to win without a lucky knockout blow.
Round 12: Haney 10-9 (117-111)
Haney bobbed and weaved and danced around for much of the round knowing he had this one in the bag. He still was more effective than Kambosos and did a little bit of showboating in the final seconds as he wrapped up what should be a clear unanimous decision win.