Undisputed Lightweight Champion Devin “The Dream” Haney to Defend Crown in Rematch Versus Former Champion “Ferocious” George Kambosos Jr. at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia
LIVE on Fox Sports Main Event and Kayo
MELBOURNE, Australia (Aug. 23, 2022) — America’s dream maker Devin Haney and Australia’s Ferocious George Kambosos Jr are primed for a second showdown in Victoria, Australia to establish ultimate supremacy in boxing’s hottest lightweight division.
Undisputed lightweight world champion Devin “The Dream” Haney will defend all the belts against Australian “Ferocious” George Kambosos Jr. on Sunday October 16 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Haney-Kambosos 2 will be broadcast in prime time in the United States, live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+ and live on Main Event and Kayo in Australia.
Haney and Kambosos first squared off June 6 in Melbourne as a Victoria-record boxing crowd of 41,129 fans packed Marvel Stadium to watch the world’s best lightweights unify the division. The unbeaten Haney neutralized the previously unbeaten Kambosos with a clear points victory to become the undisputed world lightweight champion.
Promoted by Top Rank, Devin Haney Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, Ferocious Promotions, Duco Events, and TEG Sport, Haney-Kambosos 2 will feature a world-class undercard, and a pumped up Kambosos hell-bent on revenge. Tickets to this epic rematch will go on-sale on Thursday 25 August at www.tegsport.com.au
DEVIN HANEY QUOTE
“George Kambosos is quiet right now like he should have been before our first fight. I wish him a healthy training camp. I’m expecting a hungry and determined Kambosos on October 16th in Melbourne. I will be prepared for any adjustment he brings. This is a great opportunity to gain more Aussie fans and add to my legacy.”
BOB ARUM QUOTE (TOP RANK CHAIRMAN)
“Devin Haney is a special fighter, but you can never count out George Kambosos Jr., especially when his most ardent supporters will be out in full force,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “These are the two best lightweights in the world, and it will be another memorable event in Melbourne.”
GEORGE KAMBOSOS JR. QUOTE
“I am looking forward to October 16th at Rod Laver Arena and that’s where I will do my talking. Inside the ring.”
LOU DIBELLA QUOTE (PRESIDENT DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT)
"On October 16, George Kambosos Jr. is again the hungry challenger, chasing Devin Haney’s belts, with a chance to regain it all on home soil,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Kambosos-Haney 1 was the Devin Haney show. George is going to have to fight a completely different fight to get that victory and he knows it. That alone assures an action-packed rematch. The odds are against George. He needs to defy the odds yet again.”
STEVE DIMOPOLOS MP (MINISTER FOR TOURISM, SPORT AND MAJOR EVENTS)
“With almost half of the crowd from the first fight hailing from outside Victoria, we look forward to welcoming boxing fans back to Melbourne to watch what will be an epic rematch. We’re delivering a spectacular calendar of the biggest and best events – drawing more visitors to Victoria, more often and supporting businesses across the state.”
Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) returns to Melbourne intent on repeating his fistic masterclass, a victory that propelled him up the mythical pound-for-pound rankings. “The Dream” has been a history-making phenom since turning professional in Mexico less than one month after his 17th birthday. He made his U.S. debut in Las Vegas on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley III undercard in April 2016, and at 19, he became the youngest licensed promoter in boxing history. He was awarded the WBC world championship in October 2019 and defended that belt four times before taking the 8,000-plus mile journey to battle Kambosos in his homeland. Haney overcame adversity, as his father/trainer, Bill Haney, was granted a temporary visa by the Australian government less than three days before the fight. Bill Haney arrived in Melbourne the evening before the bout, and the dynamic father-son duo made undisputed magic whilst stripping Kambosos Jnr of his three world title belts.
Kambosos (20-1, 10 KOs) became the toast of the sport with his decision verdict over Teofimo Lopez last November, which was named ESPN’s Upset of the Year. It was the culmination of a hard-fought journey for Kambosos. He fought in Malaysia, Greece, London, New York City, Connecticut, and Las Vegas as he graduated from prospect to contender.
For Kambosos, who had 12 of his first 13 pro fights in Australia, the Haney super fight marked one of the most significant international sporting events to take place in Melbourne. He entered the fight as the slight underdog, but the home-town favourite. Haney was unfazed by the army of raucous Australian-Greek supporters that shook Marvel Stadium. Haney blunted Kambosos’ offensive arsenal with an educated jab to win going away. Kambosos exercised his rematch clause and is preparing to paint a masterpiece in this undisputed sequel.