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


Although it is not a struggle many individuals have been calling for after their first encounter, the rematch between Devin Haney and George Kambosos takes place this weekend in Melbourne, writes Elliot Worsell

REMATCHES in boxing are inclined to occur for all method of causes, with some extra respectable and worthy than others. There’ll, for starters, be the rematch that’s triggered by the shut nature of a primary struggle, or in some circumstances the controversial nature of a primary struggle. There can even be the rematch as reward for the motion followers witnessed between two fighters in struggle primary. Then there can be rematches contracted or, in different phrases, agreed earlier than we’ve got even had an opportunity to see what occurs when the 2 boxers share a hoop. 

The final of these causes often comes into play when a champion has been dethroned. It’s at that time they may have determined, whatever the approach wherein they have been dethroned, that dented satisfaction is just too painful a sense to not not less than attempt to regain all they’ve misplaced. It’s at that time a rematch clause is activated and a rematch, whether or not it’s required or not, takes place.

This, on the face of it, would seem the inspiration for lightweights Devin Haney and George Kambosos renewing acquaintances this Sunday (October 16) in Melbourne, Australia, simply 4 months after their first encounter. For it may be for no different motive. Their first struggle, in spite of everything, was neither shut nor notably thrilling and, furthermore, no person who watched the primary struggle may have been calling to see a repeat of it anytime quickly.

It’s merely due to a contractual obligation, subsequently, that Kambosos, the previous light-weight champion whose reign was temporary, is granted a second go at beating Haney, 28-0 (15), this weekend in his residence nation. For him, and solely him, the struggle makes full sense and is one he should take, if simply to revive his satisfaction. Additionally it is a struggle he may have by now satisfied himself he can win, regardless of his incapability to do a lot with Haney first time round, and one he has instructed himself he wants with the intention to proper all of the issues he obtained unsuitable again in June.

That’s simply the mindset of a fighter, in fact, and Kambosos, 20-1 (10), is actually a kind of. He speaks like a fighter, he strikes like a fighter, and he behaves a fighter. Certainly, many argued earlier than his June struggle with Haney that Kambosos’ incapability to stay calm and indifferent within the warmth of battle – that’s, his incapability to cease functioning and considering like a fighter – would finally result in his downfall towards the extra naturally gifted and composed American. It confirmed all through, too, with Kambosos wound up and overly emotional heading into the struggle after which, through the struggle, crippled by the form of anxiousness and desperation felt solely by these attempting too arduous in entrance of their very own followers.

Haney, in distinction, couldn’t have minimize a cooler determine. Not as soon as overwhelmed, not by the Australian crowd nor Kambosos huffing and puffing, he remained settled and clean always and, whereas maybe not essentially the most thrilling struggle of 2022, the exhibition he placed on behind the jab was among the best any boxer has produced this calendar 12 months. In truth, one might argue the struggle was received on that punch alone, the necessity for others diminished each by its high quality and the area it granted Haney to maneuver. Moreover, so amped up was his opponent, and so easy was his method, all it took was a single, double or triple serving to of this jab to discourage him, not not like the stabbing of a matador’s sword within the presence of a bull.

The query now, as we put together for the rematch, is that this: to what extent was Kambosos’ battle attributable to his personal limitations as a fighter and to what extent was it attributable to him merely adopting the unsuitable method? If Haney’s jabbing clinic uncovered his limitations, there’s arguably no hope for Kambosos, regardless of how loudly the house followers cheer and the way succesful he’s of motivating himself. Nevertheless, if Kambosos naively believed the method he took to beating Teofimo Lopez in 2021 can be simply as efficient towards a very completely different fighter (each bodily and psychologically), there’s possibly room for optimism, and for change, and for a unique Kambosos in struggle two.

Solely he’ll know the reply to that query. He’ll, as ordinary, speak an excellent struggle within the days main as much as it and he’ll, on struggle evening, resemble the determine of a warrior out for justice; somebody who this time is aware of all of the solutions. But in the long run, when it comes all the way down to it, when the speaking stops and all we’ve got to go on is factual proof, it’s the left jab and composure of Devin Haney that may possible as soon as once more communicate louder than something his keen however restricted Australian opponent can muster over the course of 12 rounds.

First time round, again in June, Haney was too good for Kambosos (WILLIAM WEST/AFP through Getty Pictures)

On the Melbourne undercard there are appearances for the Maloney twins, Jason and Andrew, each of whom sort out vastly skilled opponents.

For Jason, a bantamweight with a 24-2 (19) professional document, meaning a struggle towards Thailand’s Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai, a professional since 2009 whose document stands at 56-1-1 (46). It’s vital to notice that these 58 bouts all happened in Thailand, in fact, the place the competitors isn’t all the time the strongest, and likewise that Sor Rungvisai is now 31, so might have seen higher days.

Maloney, too, is 31, although one imagines hasn’t obtained the identical variety of miles on the clock. He has received three in a row since being stopped by Naoya Inoue in 2020 and must be favoured to make that 4 this weekend.

His brother Andrew, in the meantime, a flyweight, fights Norbelto Jimenez, a 12-year professional from the Dominican Republic whose final loss got here towards Britain’s Khalid Yafai in 2019. Additionally on a run of three straight wins, Maloney, 24-2 (16), ought to have an excessive amount of for Jimenez, 31-9-6 (16), and will even attempt to pressure a stoppage, which might, ought to he obtain it, be his third on the trot.


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