Haney can’t beat Kambosos Jr in Australia unless he KOs him says Jeff Mayweather

By Boxing News - 05/03/2022 - Comments

By Allan Fox: Jeff Mayweather says Devin Haney can’t win a decision against George Kambosos Jr. next month on June 5th in Australia, and can only win the fight by a knockdown.

Jeff feels that WBC lightweight champion Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) has the talent to beat IBF/WBA/WBC Franchise/WBO champion Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs), but without knocking him out, he won’t have his hand raised at the end.

The Australian Kambosos Jr. will have the home country advantage when he faces Haney for the undisputed 135-lb championship at the Marvel Stadium, in Melbourne, Australia.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum thinks it’s silly for boxing fans to think that Haney, 23, can’t win a decision because none of the judges will be from Australia.

It’s unclear how Australia got a bad reputation in the eyes of some fans, as it’s not a country known for having many controversial decisions.

The one fight that some people believed involved a controversial score favoring an Australian fighter was the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn contest in July 2017 that took place in Brisbane.

Horn won a close 12-round decision after roughing up Pacquiao. Arum says he felt the judges got the decision right, as Horn fought well, using his size against a sluggish-looking Pacquiao.

“I used to train Haney. I think he has a good chance of winning the fight, but he’s not going to win in Australia,” said Jeff Mayweather to Fighthype about WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney needing a knockout to beat unified champion George Kambosos Jr. on June 4th.

“He’s not going to win in Australia unless he knocks him out, and that’s the one thing he doesn’t have,” Jeff said. “He doesn’t have knockout power, but anything can happen in the fight.”

If Jeff is correct that Haney can win by a knockout, he’s probably going to lose because he’s not a puncher. Unless Kambosos walks into a shot or suffers an injury, Haney isn’t going to score a knockout in the fight.

“If it goes to a decision, I don’t think he’s going to win,” said Jeff. “I think it’s going to be a tough fight and a close fight, even if the fight was here. Kambosos is a guy that can actually fight too.

“He’s not going to go in a laydown for anybody, and he showed that with Teofimo [Lopez]. At that time, I thought Teofimo was the best guy in that division, but Kambosos showed me differently.

“I think if you don’t beat him soundly where it’s a knockout or you win every round, no way are you going to get a decision over there, no way,” said Mayweather.

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