Former unified lightweight world champion George Kambosos will attempt to turn the tide when he faces Devin Haney on October 15 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
Back in June, Haney outboxed Kambosos over twelve rounds to become the undisputed champion at 135-pounds, before a crowd of over 40,000 at Marvel Stadium.
There was an immediate rematch clause, which Kambosos exercised within days of suffering his first career defeat.
The winner of the upcoming encounter will be match in 2023 against the victor of the upcoming lightweight clash between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jamaine Ortiz – also taking place in October.
At this stage of the game, Kambosos indicates that he can’t afford to take another loss.
“It’s a great division but for me, I’m 29 so for me it’s do or die,” Kambosos said. “If I don’t overcome this fight you will not see me back in Australia fighting domestic guys; that’s not me. Everything I have I will be putting into that ring and me training, and god willing I will be victorious.”
The first bout was decisive, and some felt a bit one-sided in nature. Many observers are unable to figure out what Kambosos could do differently to upset the complicated boxing style of Haney.
“The changes will be made and I’m sure Haney is going to make more changes as well and I look forward to doing my talking in the ring,” Kambosos said.
“I just hope, for the fans and for the love of the sport that we give a good fight. We give an action fight, not a fight where there’s a lot of holding. I’m not going to take it away from Devin, a fantastic win, but hope the referee this time does justice for the fight.”