WBC President Opens Up on George Kambosos Jr. & Devin Haney’s Position

Published 12/24/2021, 10:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: George Kambosos Jr (L) throws a left on Ray Perez during the lightweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


The lightweight division is the most competitive roster of the modern era. Earlier, the division was in a total mess, however, because of a couple of title fights in the later half of 2021, this division finally seems on track. For now, George Kambosos Jr. holds the WBA, IBF, and WBO lightweight titles. Whereas Devin Haney holds the WBC strap.

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Citing the prevailing scenario, this belt situation leaves the fans confused. That said, the WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman, recently shed some light on the entire matter, giving a candid notion about the 135-pound roster.

Speaking to FightHype, he said, ”Yes, Devin Haney is the WBC lightweight title. He’s a pride WBC champion, he has grown into being a tremendous champion. He defeated Gamboa, he defeated Linares, just had a great outing with ‘JoJo’ Diaz.” 

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“As I said, it’s a new concept. Kambosos defeated Lopez, who defeated Lomachenko. So I do believe he is due recognition as undisputed champion and great fights to come.”

Last month, the most expected fight in the lightweight division between Kambosos Jr. and Lopez took place. This fight got scheduled several times but it couldn’t happen for some external factors. Also, the entire lightweight division remained stagnant because of this fight, as other contenders did not get a chance towards the titles.

Albeit, the fight happened, and everyone got stunned to see a new champ emerge in Kambosos Jr.

Now, a lot of fans and boxing purists wish to see a fight between Kambosos Jr. and Haney.

Will a fight between George Kambosos Jr. and Devin Haney take place next?

Devin Haney and George Kambosos Jr.‘s fight is vital for the division as it’ll settle the debate on one ultimate champ of this weight class.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Devin Haney trains during the Devin Haney Media Workout at Rathbone Boxing Club on September 27, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

However, a fight between these two right next seems impossible. This is because there is Vasyl Lomachenko on the line, alongside some other challengers, waiting to get their hands on the title.

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That said, the boxing governing bodies might line up Kambosos Jr. and Haney for their title defense fights before the two get to square off with each other.

What do you make of Mauricio Sulaiman’s above comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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