Kambosos wants Haney to sell his jewelry to help make fight
By Sean Jones: Undisputed lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. told WBC champ Devin Haney to sell off some of his expensive jewelry to come up with the money to make their fight happen.
For whatever reason, Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) has been purchasing a bunch of expensive gold chains lately, and Kambasos have taken notice of the buying habits of the 23-year-old. If Haney can pawn some of his gold chains, maybe he can come up with enough folding stuff to make this fight a reality.
Kambosos Jr. wants to make the most money possible for the first defense of his four 135-lb titles, and it’s unclear whether the dough is being offered to him by Haney’s promoters at Matchroom Boxing meets his expectations.
Haney is accusing Kambosos of trying to get a “bidding war” started among the six Kings in the lightweight division to get the most money possible for his first fight as the four-belt champion.
Kambosos tells Haney to sell his jewelry
yeah yeah yeah… we all know you want a bidding war! but you know who’s really putting up the money. You said i would b next so keep that same energy 🤝 https://t.co/k4xazyywoJ
— Devin Haney (@Realdevinhaney) December 28, 2021
Sean Jones wants to know what happened to Haney’s promoter Eddie Hearn? He should be talking up a storm about the Kambosos fight, but he hasn’t said a peep about it, which is entirely out of character for him.
Hearn is a pretty shrewd judge of what sells, and the fact that he isn’t talking up the Kambosos vs. Haney fight suggests that he knows it won’t do the numbers.
This likely means that Hearn views the Kambosos fight as non–money maker and not worth dumping tons of dough into.
Kambosos vs. Haney probably won’t bring in a considerable number of subscribers to DAZN due to the Australian fighter being an unknown in the eyes of the casual boxing fans in the UK and U.S.
Top Rank, the promoters for Vasily Lomachenko, aren’t expected to dump a bunch of money on trying to get the fight with Kambosos because it’s NOT a pay-per-view worthy fight. Kambosos is a good fighter, but Top Rank wouldn’t be able to sell Kambosos-Lomachenko on ESPN PPV in the U.S.
Interestingly, the champion Kambosos is chasing the contenders rather than the other way around. You usually don’t see that, but this could be a signal that Kambosos might suspect already that his 15 minutes of fame will end in the first defense of his “beautiful belts.”
Kambosos captured his four straps last November, beating and injured and weight drained looking Teofimo Lopez by a 12 round unanimous decision.
Teofimo looked like a dead man walking at the weigh-in the day before the fight, and one could tell from watching him that he would only have enough energy to fight hard for one or two rounds.
Sure enough, Teofimo was only capable of briefly fighting hard for two of the twelve rounds, but he was like a truck running over a streetcar in those two rounds. You can only imagine what Teofimo would have done to Kambosos had he not been injured and weight drained.
George wants fans to choose his next opponent
“Haney, Lomachenko, Tank, Garcia???? Whose NEXT!!! I want them all 🏟🇦🇺 Who do the great fans want to see me defend my crown against in 2022,” said Kambosos Jr. on Twitter, asking his fans to choose his next opponent.
Thus far, Lomachenko is leading in Kambosos’ poll, and he’s expected to win. Of course, it won’t matter even if he does because Kambosos’ promoter Lou DiBella isn’t about to put him in with Lomachenko and watch him get torn apart in a feeding frenzy.
Out of all those guys, the only one that has any chance of getting the fight with Kambosos is Haney, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, though.
Kambosos asking Haney to pawn his jewelry is a clear sign that he doesn’t like the direction the negotiations are going in.
If the World Boxing Organization orders Kambosos to defend against Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) next, as some believe they will, he’ll have to decide whether to take the fight or vacate the belt.
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