Devin Haney & George Kambosos come close to blows at weigh-in
By Sean Jones: Devin Haney & an agitated-looking George Kambosos Jr came close to setting off a full-scale brawl after the two weighed in on Friday for their rematch this Saturday, October 15th, at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
Kambosos (20-1, 10 KOs) initiated the fracas by his decision to get in front of Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) when he was posing immediately after the two had stood for a face-off.
Instead of posing side by side with Haney, Kambosos stepped partially in front of him and banged elbows to put his posing behind him. It wasn’t surprising because Kambosos looked like he was begging for a fight with the way he was all amped up.
Before the two met for their face-off, Kambosos was loosening up, using head movement, as if he were about to start fighting Haney. It’s not surprising then that a near-brawl almost started moments later. It just looked like pure trouble before the two fighters came together for the face-off.
It’s a good thing a fight didn’t start because one of the two could have gotten hurt, and the way that the gum-chewing Kambosos was all energized, it probably would have been him. Haney looked really loose, ready to blast through Kambosos for a second time.
As for the weighs, Kambosos weighed in at 134 and Haney at 134.8 lbs.
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David Nyika 199.7 vs. Titi Motusaga 196.9
“We put in the work, and that was a statement right there. We’ll make a statement tomorrow,” said an agitated-looking George Kambosos Jr after making weight.
“I’m ripped and ready. I haven’t been showing too much in this camp, but we’re going to show it tomorrow. We’re ready, and whatever he brings, it ain’t enough.”
The way that Kambosos was acting today, it won’t be surprising if we see repeated head-butts on Saturday, likely resulting in one both fighters being badly cut, causing the fight to be halted prematurely.
That’s my prediction. Kambosos will get a little too rough in there, and head-butt Haney and the fight will be halted soon thereafter. With the fight being stopped on cuts, Kambosos can avoid another loss and paint a narrative that he would have won had the cut, not spoiled things.
“We’ll see. We’ll see what he does and what I’ll bring. We’ll see,” said Kambosos when told that Haney brings incredible defensive technique.
“We got a fight. We’re going to get it all tomorrow. May the best man win,” said Haney after weighing in. “Of course,” said Haney when asked if he was ready for anything Kambosos brings to the ring on Saturday.
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