The BN Preview: Haney must return to Australia to fight Kambosos a second time

Though it’s not a fight a lot of people were contacting for soon after their 1st encounter, the rematch in between Devin Haney and George Kambosos will take place this weekend in Melbourne, writes Elliot Worsell

REMATCHES in boxing are likely to take place for all fashion of factors, with some far more legitimate and deserving than some others. There will, for starters, be the rematch that is induced by the near character of a very first fight, or in some instances the controversial mother nature of a initially struggle. There will also be the rematch as reward for the motion admirers witnessed in between two fighters in fight range a single. Then there will be rematches contracted or, in other phrases, agreed ahead of we have even experienced a chance to see what takes place when the two boxers share a ring. 

The very last of people explanations typically will come into engage in when a winner has been dethroned. It is at that point they will have resolved, irrespective of the way in which they had been dethroned, that dented pride is much too distressing a sensation to not at least test to regain all they have dropped. It is at that stage a rematch clause is activated and a rematch, whether or not it is essential or not, can take put.

This, on the confront of it, would seem the inspiration for lightweights Devin Haney and George Kambosos renewing acquaintances this Sunday (Oct 16) in Melbourne, Australia, just four months following their 1st face. For it can be for no other explanation. Their initially combat, after all, was neither shut nor specifically remarkable and, what’s more, no one who watched the very first fight will have been contacting to see a repeat of it anytime before long.

It is simply since of a contractual obligation, consequently, that Kambosos, the former lightweight champion whose reign was quick, is granted a next go at beating Haney, 28- (15), this weekend in his home nation. For him, and only him, the fight would make complete feeling and is one he must get, if just to restore his satisfaction. It is also a fight he will have by now certain himself he can acquire, regardless of his inability to do a lot with Haney 1st time about, and a single he has advised himself he requires in buy to suitable all the things he got mistaken again in June.

That is just the way of thinking of a fighter, of program, and Kambosos, 20-1 (10), is surely a single of people. He speaks like a fighter, he moves like a fighter, and he behaves a fighter. Without a doubt, numerous argued ahead of his June combat with Haney that Kambosos’ inability to continue to be serene and detached in the warmth of battle – that is, his incapacity to quit functioning and considering like a fighter – would in the end direct to his downfall versus the more normally gifted and composed American. It confirmed throughout, far too, with Kambosos wound up and extremely emotional heading into the battle and then, through the fight, crippled by the variety of anxiousness and desperation felt only by those hoping far too difficult in front of their very own lovers.

Haney, in distinction, couldn’t have lower a cooler figure. Not the moment overwhelmed, not by the Australian group nor Kambosos huffing and puffing, he remained settled and sleek at all periods and, although possibly not the most thrilling combat of 2022, the exhibition he place on behind the jab was a person of the very best any boxer has made this calendar yr. In actuality, a person could argue the fight was won on that punch by itself, the require for some others minimized both equally by its top quality and the room it granted Haney to go. Additionally, so amped up was his opponent, and so straightforward was his approach, all it took was a single, double or triple encouraging of this jab to prevent him, not as opposed to the stabbing of a matador’s sword in the existence of a bull.

The issue now, as we put together for the rematch, is this: to what extent was Kambosos’ battle owing to his have constraints as a fighter and to what extent was it due to him basically adopting the improper approach? If Haney’s jabbing clinic uncovered his limits, there is arguably no hope for Kambosos, irrespective of how loudly the property admirers cheer and how able he is of motivating himself. Having said that, if Kambosos naively thought the solution he took to beating Teofimo Lopez in 2021 would be just as efficient from a completely different fighter (the two physically and psychologically), there is possibly home for optimism, and for modify, and for a different Kambosos in struggle two.

Only he will know the solution to that query. He will, as usual, converse a great struggle in the times foremost up to it and he will, on struggle evening, resemble the figure of a warrior out for justice an individual who this time appreciates all the solutions. However in the finish, when it arrives down to it, when the conversing stops and all we have to go on is factual proof, it’s the remaining jab and composure of Devin Haney that will probable once all over again discuss louder than everything his prepared but limited Australian opponent can muster more than the training course of 12 rounds.

Initially time all over, back again in June, Haney was much too great for Kambosos (WILLIAM WEST/AFP by means of Getty Photos)

On the Melbourne undercard there are appearances for the Maloney twins, Jason and Andrew, both of those of whom tackle vastly experienced opponents.

For Jason, a bantamweight with a 24-2 (19) professional record, that indicates a struggle against Thailand’s Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai, a professional since 2009 whose report stands at 56-1-1 (46). It’s vital to be aware that people 58 bouts all took location in Thailand, of program, exactly where the levels of competition isn’t always the strongest, and also that Sor Rungvisai is now 31, so could have seen better days.

Maloney, also, is 31, although just one imagines hasn’t acquired the identical variety of miles on the clock. He has gained a few in a row due to the fact getting stopped by Naoya Inoue in 2020 and ought to be favoured to make that four this weekend.

His brother Andrew, in the meantime, a flyweight, fights Norbelto Jimenez, a 12-year pro from the Dominican Republic whose final reduction came towards Britain’s Khalid Yafai in 2019. Also on a operate of three straight wins, Maloney, 24-2 (16), need to have as well significantly for Jimenez, 31-9-6 (16), and could even try to power a stoppage, which would, must he accomplish it, be his 3rd on the trot.