Venue: Marvel Stadium
George Kambosos and Devin Haney will battle it out to be crowned as the undisputed lightweight champion of the world in Melbourne.
Australian ace Kambosos will defend the WBA, IBF and WBO belts he took off Teofimo Lopez, while American Haney puts his WBC title on the line.
We reckon the latter has the skills to prevail on points at 2.0 in our main Kambosos vs Haney prediction.
George Kambosos Odds
Kambosos was a huge underdog when travelling to New York to face Lopez, who had previously upset Vasiliy Lomachenko.
However, he knocked down the Brooklyn boxer in round one and survived being floored himself in the 10th to secure a split decision.
The 28-year-old credits sparring with Manny Pacquiao earlier in his career with preparing him for competing on the big stage.
“I knew that when I got to my championship fight, I would know exactly what I had to do to become victorious and become world champion,” said The Emperor.
Kambosos, who will be roared on by over 50,000 Aussie fans, is confident his power and work-rate will wear down Haney.
“He thinks he’s a good counter puncher,” added the unbeaten fighter, with a 20-0 record. “Let’s see how long that lasts for him when I put my hands on him.
“Everything I bring to the table is too much for him and he’ll find that out real quick.”
The home hero’s come-forward style may appeal to one of the judges, so Kambosos vs Haney odds.
Devin Haney Odds
Haney has always been tipped for great things since becoming the youngest boxer to win the Youth World Championships at the age of 17 during a super junior amateur career.
The Dream has been well looked after in the paid ranks, rattling off 22 straight wins before claiming the vacant WBC title by beating Zaur Abdullaev in four rounds.
Four successful defences have all come via the judges’ scorecards, with Yuriorkis Gamboa, Jorge Linares and Joseph Diaz decent scalps, despite stepping up in weight.
Haney has been dealt a blow by having to travel Down Under without his father Bill for legal reasons and will instead be coached by Yoel Judah, dad of former star Zab.
The 23-year-old expects to overcome that adversity, though, telling Sky Sports: “This fight means everything, it is the Super Bowl of the lightweight division, and I’ll take full advantage of it.
“There are many holes and different ways we can beat him, but the one game-plan we have, we really feel like it will work.
“But you never know until you get in the ring and we’re ready for anything – anything he brings to the table, we’ll be ready for and I can’t wait.”
Haney may be put under more pressure than he has experienced so far, but we reckon his quick hands will see him through.
Punters can get 9.0 for the American to suffer a knockdown but still win and that could appeal to some in their Kambosos vs Haney betting tips.
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