The unified lightweight boxing champion of the world, George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr, return to Melbourne, Australia, for his first title defence against undefeated US superstar Devin “The Dream” Haney in front of a massive crowd at an electric Marvel Stadium.
The American slick skills and smart tactical nous won the day in front of a strong pro-Kambosos crowd. The Greek-Australlian put his WBO / WBA / IBF and Ring Magazine belts on the line and was thoroughly beaten, losing by the scores 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110.This was his first loss in 21 professional fights. Geroge hasn’t been beaten since he was an amateur fighter.
(Video) Behind-the-scenes photos of Kambosos Jr title defence.
Promoter Lou DiBella says the recently dethroned former unified lightweight champion “Ferocious” will likely be exercising his rematch clause for a second fight against Devin Haney in Australia.
The Greek-Australian says, “I’m going to change a few things and get him back for a rematch later this year.”
After the fight ended in the ring Jim Kambosos and Haney’s father, Bill, exchanged a few heated words, an apparent reference to the trash talk between the two camps in previous days, but the two fighters were respectful.
The lightweight champion’s boxing journey started when he was only 11-years-old. Self-admittedly overweight as a child, “Ferocious” found himself struggling to keep his fitness up while playing rugby league in Sydney’s southern suburbs.
George enters the ring carrying two flags, the Australian Flag but he is a also a proud Greek and his heritage is undeniable.
Photo gallery of George Kambosos Jr at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Australia.
Images by Nick Bourdaniotis / Bourdo Photography for Greek City Times (Copyright)