“I Could Have Fought The Garbage Man”: George Kambosos Jr. Clears Devin Haney’s Vasyl Lomachenko Doubts With Fierce Reply

Published 05/31/2022, 9:15 AM EDT

Devin Haney and George Kambosos Jr. are set to face each other on June 5 in Melbourne, Australia, where the latter will make a maiden defense of his lightweight titles.

Kambosos Jr. won the IBF, WBA, and WBO lightweight championships after beating Teofimo Lopez and has a record of 20-0 with 10 KOs. Meanwhile, Haney is one of the most exciting fighters in boxing right now and holds the WBC Lightweight Championship since 2019, and has a record of 27-0 with 15 KOs.


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Leading up to the fight, both fighters were not afraid to take shots at each other at the pre-fight press conference.

George Kambosos Jr. clears Devin Haney’s doubts

Things got heated between the two in the conference when George Kambosos Jr. said that Haney was forced into the fight after Lomachenko had to drop out due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Kambosos Jr. stated, “Everyone knew I was prepared to fight Lomachenko, that was done, he couldn’t make it because of his war, no problem Devin gonna step up and he did, okay, but he was forced into this he is not my mandatory.


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Haney then responded back. He said, “Loma couldn’t play so then you had to pick me.”

Kambosos Jr. then darted back and replied, “No incorrect I could have fought anyone I could have fought the garbage man outside for one or two but I chose you, you’re not my mandatory, I picked you so you know what you’re here and everything is really good on Sunday.

Haney laughed off Kambosos Jr.’s comments and claimed that the Australian was just putting on an act to sell tickets.

What’s next for Kambosos Jr. and Haney?

Both fighters come into this fight with undefeated records and will be looking to uphold them when they face off in Australia.

The pair are currently at the top of the lightweight division, which includes huge names like Davis, Lomachenko, Garcia, and Teofimo Lopez, all of whom are aiming for the top spot in the division.


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And after his victory against Roland Romero, Gervonta Davis will surely be eager to face off against the winner of this fight, moreover, Lopez will be seeking to reclaim his titles after his loss to Kambosos Jr.

The lightweight division in boxing seems to be filled with top talents right now and with this fight being a unification bout, it adds even more pressure and tension to the air than a regular title fight.


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Sahil Sood

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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and has a keen interest in the sweet science of boxing. His journey in boxing began when he first saw highlights of Mike Tyson as a teenager and then followed the rise of Floyd Mayweather Sahil is an avid fan of Tyson Fury and Vasiliy Lomachenko and strongly believes that Lomachenko is pound for pound the best boxer in the world.

Edited By: Vibhanshu Kumar