The King Will Be Crowned
There is plenty of debate about who is the best lightweight boxer, but Saturday’s fight gives us a guide.
George Kambosos Jr. puts his WBA, WBO, and IBF titles on the line against challenger and WBC title holder Devin Haney, who is the current favorite.
Haney is paying -180 with boxing betting markets and the American was always going to attract more attention than the Australian.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Boxing odds for Kambosos Jr vs Haney. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Aussies are Bred Tough
Say what you want about George Kambosos Jr., but he’s a tough fighter who showed his class when beating Teofimo Lopez in style as a +700 underdog.
He handed Lopez his first career loss, and although it was a split-decision victory, we’re not sure how one judge gave Lopez the victory, but such is boxing.
The 28-year-old is 20-0 with 10 wins by knockout, including wins over the tough Lee Selby and Mickey Bey, so he deserves to have three major belts wrapped around his waist.
The sportsbook has the Australian at +150, which isn’t surprising for a non-American fighter. Betting markets were always going to favor Devin Haney, despite Kambosos having the more impressive record.
Bettors can find value with his current odds and he has home ring advantage. That shouldn’t be overlooked as fighting offshore is much harder.
Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech believes his countryman could be outmuscled against the bigger fighter.
“If I watched them both on TV, Devin Haney’s got the better skill-set,” Fenech told Fox Sports. “George has got the speed and is a strong, confident guy, but he’s not the biggest guy in the weight division and I think that will count a bit on fight day. But you can’t write George Kambosos off – he’s proved that. I’m not going to be against him again.”
Haney Putting in the Work
Haney put in the work to become a world champion. He is only 23 years old and is 27-0, so he has been taking every fight he can get his hands on.
The San Francisco native had two fights in 2021, scoring wins over Jorge Linares and Joseph Diaz. The wins came via unanimous decision and against experienced opponents, so we can’t overlook those victories.
Boxing odds have Haney at -180, so there is extreme confidence in his ability and we’re not disagreeing, but is there value in those odds?
We would have priced Haney at -130 because of the respect we have for Kambosos Jr. As many American fighters do pre-fight, Haney has been waging a war of words.
“This is the same George that I’ve always seen. He’s nothing but an actor,” Haney insisted when asked on stage of his thoughts on the undefeated Aussie. “He’s putting on an act. He’s putting on a facade.”
It was some act when Kamboses ended the unbeaten reign of Lopez, so Haney could be in for a long night.
Kambosos Jr vs Haney Head-to-Head
It’s the first meeting between George Kambosos Jr. and Devin Haney.
Kambosos Jr vs Haney Fight Information
- Game: Kambosos Jr. (20-0) vs Haney (27-0)
- Location: Marvel Stadium
- Day/Time: Sunday, June 4, 1 a.m. ET
- Kambosos Jr vs Haney Streaming: Box Live
Kambosos Jr vs Haney Betting Lines
Kambosos Jr vs Haney Prediction
There is a lot of hype surrounding Haney and he’s a quality fighter but we’re taking the value with Kambosos Jr.
He was undervalued when upsetting Lopez and he’s being underrated again on his home turf.
It’s dangerous to overlook the home fighter who rightfully earned his titles, so take the +150 with boxing betting markets for the champion.
We think the fight goes the distance and Kambosos wins on points. He is paying +260 to win on the judges’ scorecards, so that’s worth backing as well.