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Devin Haney vs George Kambosos Jr rematch set for October 16 in Melbourne

Devin Haney lands a jab on George Kambosos Jr.

Undisputed lightweight champion Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney 28-0 (15) will make the first defence of his WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and Ring magazine crowns against George ‘Ferocious’ Kambosos Jr 20-1 (10) at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia on October 16.

The fight will be an immediate rematch of their June fight at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium that Haney won by scores of 116-112, 118-110 and 116-112.

Australia’s Kambosos, 29, enacted the immediate rematch clause in his contract after being outboxed by slick American Haney. Their first fight drew a crowd in excess of 40,000 people, the second largest crowd in modern Australian boxing behind only Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn.

The site for the second go round is a much more intimate venue, accommodating 15,000 fans in the stands.

The 23-year-old Haney largely outboxed Kambosos in their first fight behind an educated jab and used deft footwork to prevent the then-champion from landing the sort of counter shots that saw him dethrone Teofimo Lopez 17-1 (13) by split decision last November.

Kambosos was very vocal in the lead-up to the first bout, a tactic that proved successful in getting into Lopez’s head. It didn’t work against Haney.

“George Kambosos is quiet right now like he should have been before our first fight. I wish him a healthy training camp,” Haney said.

“I’m expecting a hungry and determined Kambosos on October 16th in Melbourne. I will be prepared for any adjustment he brings. This is a great opportunity to gain more Aussie fans and add to my legacy.”

“Devin Haney is a special fighter, but you can never count out George Kambosos Jr, especially when his most ardent supporters will be out in full force,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum.

“These are the two best lightweights in the world, and it will be another memorable event in Melbourne.”

Kambosos said: “I am looking forward to October 16th at Rod Laver Arena and that’s where I will do my talking. Inside the ring.”

“George Kambosos Jr is again the hungry challenger, chasing Devin Haney’s belts, with a chance to regain it all on home soil,” said Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment.

“Kambosos-Haney I was the Devin Haney show. George is going to have to fight a completely different fight to get that victory, and he knows it. That alone assures an action-packed rematch. The odds are against George. He needs to defy the odds yet again.”

“With almost half of the crowd from the first fight hailing from outside Victoria, we look forward to welcoming boxing fans back to Melbourne to watch what will be an epic rematch, ” said Steve Dimopoulos, Victoria’s Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events.