George Kambosos vs Devin Haney live updates: Round by round scores, result

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The countdown is on towards George Kambosos’ blockbuster fight against Devin Haney, but America is already blowing up.

Welcome to our live coverage of George Kambosos’ blockbuster boxing clash against Devin Haney.

The two fighters are in the ring as they duke it out to become undisputed lightweight champion of the world.

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Aussie fans at Marvel Stadium booed the American national anthem that was performed before the fighters walked out to the middle, and that theme continued when Haney marched out to the sound of more jeers from the parochial home crowd.

On the other hand, Kambosos received a hero’s welcome as the stadium erupted with cheers when he walked out from the dressing room.

Round by round updates

Round 1

It was a conservative start from both men, who started by sizing each other up. Haney landed the first punches but Kambosos hit back with a flurry late in the round.

Round 2

Kambosos landed a huge right hand early in the second. “That was a bomb,” commentator Barry Michael said on Main Event. Haney wasn’t rocked too badly though and recovered to hold his ground until the bell.

‘Absolute garbage’: America blows up at farce

The Kambosos-Haney fight is the biggest in the world today but American fans are blowing up as the US broadcaster has instead showed pre-taped feature pieces while fights are taking place in the ring.

American boxing experts hit out at ESPN for not showing all the live action as fans get their fill with other bouts at Marvel Stadium before the main event.

Moloney makes his mark

Two-time world championship contender Jason Moloney made short work of Filipino star Aston Palicte with a third round KO ahead of the Kambosos-Haney grudge match.

After fighting at close range through the opening rounds, Moloney landed the killer blow.

Moloney dropped Palicte in the third round before going for the kill with a brutal right hand.

The referee had no choice but to wave it off as the Aussie knocked his Filipino rival down once again.

Palicte was inconsolable after the fight and sat in his corner after missing his chance for a rapid rise up the ranks against the highly respected Australian.

Moloney said it was “one of the best moments of my life”.

After falling at the last hurdle twice in his world title dreams, Moloney said “I’m ready to be Australia’s next world champion”.

Chaos as Kambosos army descends

If Devin Haney was expecting any kind of support inside Marvel Stadium, he will be sorely mistaken.

The Kambosos army has descended in impressive fashion.

And the Greek fans were already in full voice as they entered the arena, which is filling out nicely as the main card begins.

Kambosos’ monster $10m boxing payday

Kambosos won big in the negotiations before this fight.

News Corp reported Kambosos’ guaranteed purse was nearly $10 million, while TotalSportal revealed Haney would walk away with $4 million.

Kambosos reportedly earned $1.7m for his shock win over Teofimo Lopez last year and will easily take home the biggest prize of his career against Haney.

According to reports, the contract for this fight stipulates if Kambosos loses he will get another shot against Haney in Australia, or if he wins will target the likes of Vasyl Lomachenko.

No one likes a draw

Terry Nickolas and Lachlan Higgins lit up the undercard of the Kambosos-Haney fight with a stunning six rounder but fans have been left fuming over a draw.

The crowd booed after the result was read out – a 58-56 to Higgins and two 57-57 cards meant it was a majority draw after a stunning fight.

The pair went at it, and it looked as though Higgins might have snatched the win in the final round when a straight right almost knocked Nickolas onto his knee.

Hopefully the lads will just be able to do it again.

Kambosos slammed after weigh-in drama

Kambosos was slammed on Saturday as not “a true champion” after initially failing to make the weight for his clash with Haney to become the unified and undisputed lightweight world champion.

Unbeaten American Haney, the long-time WBC titleholder who holds a 27-0 record, hit the scales at 61.19kg for Sunday’s blockbuster bout in Melbourne.

But when Kambosos, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, stepped up he was 163g overweight.

After first changing his underwear then stripping naked in a bid to make the grade, he was given the mandatory two hours to lose the extra grams.

Kambosos, also unbeaten at 20-0, returned 75 minutes later to weigh in under the limit, but Haney was incredulous.

“He sucked up, he’s dry. But I’m a true champion and true champions make weight,” said the American, who also got a huge boost with his father and lead trainer Bill granted an 11th hour visa.

Bill Haney had initially been denied permission to enter Australia over a three-decade-old drug conviction.

Haney, who easily defended his WBC title for a fourth time in December, winning by a unanimous decision over challenger Joseph Diaz, is considered favourite for the bout at Marvel Stadium in front of an expected 50,000 fans.

On the line are the lightweight titles of the sport’s four sanctioning bodies — WBA, IBF, WBO and WBC — for the first time in modern boxing history.

Whoever wins will be crowned the first undisputed lightweight champion since Pernell Whitaker in 1992 and the first ever in the four-belt era, which began in 2004.

Kambosos, who honed his craft as a former sparring partner of the great Manny Pacquiao, is currently the WBA, IBF and WBO champion after stunning Teofimo Lopez at Madison Square Garden in November.

He claimed coming in overweight was part of his plan to unsettle Haney.

“Art of war, baby. Deception. Let them believe everything,” he said. “Everything is for a cause, everything is for a process.

“It changes his mindset now. Bring it on, I’m ready.”

Kambosos had originally been in talks to fight Vasiliy Lomachenko in his first title defence, but the plans fell through when the Ukrainian opted to stay in his homeland after Russia invaded.

AFP

Full fight card

Post-main event bouts

Andrew Moloney vs. Alexander Espinoza – eight rounds at super-flyweight

Amari Jones vs. Ankush Hooda – six rounds at super-welterweight

Main card

George Kambosos Jr. vs. Devin Haney – 12 rounds for WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and The Ring lightweight world titles

Bantamweight — Jason Moloney defeated via KO (round 3)

Cruiserweight — David Nyika defeated Karim Maatalla by unanimous decision (49-46×2, 48-47)

Heavyweight – Hemi Ahio defeated Christian Tsoye via TKO (corner retirement after round 1)

Heavyweight – Lucas Browne defeated Junior Fa via KO (round 1)

Undercard

Super-welterweight – Terry Nickolas drew with Lachlan Higgins by majority draw (58-56 Higgins, 57-57×2)

Women’s Super-Flyweight – Taylah Robertson defeated Sarah Higginson by unanimous decision (50-45×3)

Welterweight — Yoel Angeloni defeated Ken Aitken by unanimous decision (39-37×2, 40-36)



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