George Kambosos Jr.-Devin Haney live results and analysis
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Devin Haney became the undisputed lightweight champion Sunday afternoon at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, with a unanimous-decision victory over George Kambosos on ESPN.
Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) used his excellent jab to dictate the pace en route to the win via scores of 116-112, 118-110 and 116-112. Now, the 23-year-old from Las Vegas owns all four 135-pound titles after the dominant performance against ESPN’s No. 1 lightweight.
Kambosos, a 28-year-old from Sydney, Australia, can choose to exercise his contractual right to an immediate rematch with Haney later this year in Australia.
Official scorecards: 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110.
Round 12: Close round as Kambosos makes one final push, but it’s a formality. Haney is too sharp, too great. He wins the fight and the final round. We will now see if the judges agree. 10-9, Haney. 118-110, Haney.
Round 11: Haney uses the jab to contend with the hard-charging Kambosos, who lands a few solid shots, but Haney makes him pay this time when he misses. 10-9, Haney. 108-101, Haney.
Round 10: George Kambosos continues to press forward in an attempt to land one big shot. In the final stages of the fight, he’s doing his best. 10-9, Kambosos. 98-92, Haney.
Round 9: Kambosos finally wins a round on this card. He presses harder and manages to get through with a few good shots. Haney’s right eye is now swelling. Haney lost in wins over Linares, Diaz. Can Kambosos rally? 10-9, Kambosos. 89-82, Haney.
Round 8: George Kambosos beginning to press harder. Although he’s being controlled, it seems that his will is strong as ever. He needs to land something big and quickly. 10-9, Haney. 80-72, Haney.
Round 7: Kambosos’ face really showing the effects of Haney’s attack now. Haney’s face is, however, clean. Haney is dominating. 10-9, Haney. 70-63, Haney.
Round 6: George Kambosos lands a sharp left hook but before he can follow up Devin Haney wisely ties him up. Kambosos left eye is now red and swollen. Haney is in control halfway through. 10-9, Haney. 60-54, Haney.
Round 5: Dare I say this is starting to resemble a vintage Floyd Mayweather performance? Round after round, Haney controlled the action with his superb jab and dictated pace. Kambosos has no answers so far. He can’t even get inside that jab. 10-9, Haney. 50-45, Haney.
Round 4: Devin Haney now starting to follow up the jab with the right hand. George Kambosos’ eyes are starting to swell. He must land something soon to win Haney’s respect, and alter the fight. 10-9, Haney. 40-36, Haney.
Round 3: Tactical fight thus far. Kambosos found Haney’s jab, overall defensive skills and overall strength to be too much for him through round three. Haney makes him miss, but does not make him pay. 10-9, Haney. 30-27, Haney.
Round 2: Haney continues to control the action with the jab. He’s changing the levels of his lead jab beautifully and it’s disrupting Kambosos rhythm. Although the unified champion was able to connect with a pair sharp left hands, it wasn’t enough. 10-9, Haney. 20-18, Haney.
Round 1: Devin Haney establishes his excellent jab early and often ties up George Kambosos Jr. who is looking for the looping right hand, the same punch that dropped Teofimo Lopez in the opening round in November. 10-9, Haney. The fight is next!
Legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer is doing fighter introductions. First, Kambosos, then Haney.
Devin Haney already in the ring. George Kambosos Jr. makes his way, flanked by flags from Australia and Greece.
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