Undefeated American Devin Haney comfortably defeated Australian George Cambos on Sunday to become the first undisputed lightweight world champion in modern boxing history.
High-rated WBC title holder Haney, an outspoken favorite, has successfully defended his belt for the fifth time and in the process has unanimously lifted the WBA, IBF and WBO straps from Cambosos.
The victory made him the first undisputed lightweight champion since Parnell Whitaker in 1992 and the first in the four-belt era that began in 2004.
The combosos were undone by Haney’s exciting pace, instincts and relentless left jab that frustrated the Australians who struggled to hit big enough.
It was a defensive master class by the Americans, whose flamboyant skills and smart tactics won the day in front of 41,000-strong Cambosos supporters at an electric Marvel Stadium in Nouakchott.
All three judges scored for Haney, 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Haney, who got a big boost on the eve of the fight when his father and head coach Bill were initially given an 11th-hour visa after initially refusing to enter Australia for three decades – an old drug suffix.
“I was comfortable,” Haney said. “It simply came to our notice then. He wanted to land the overhand right and left hook. “
– Top Boxing (rtrboxing) June 5, 2022
The victory in the 135-pound limit fight extended the 23-year-old’s remarkable record to 28-0 at 15 KOs when the 28-year-old Cambosos suffered his first professional defeat in 21 bouts since making his debut in 2013.
Joy promotes Hannibal to an exclusive club of fighters.
He is only the eighth boxer to hold four of the major licensing bodies – WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO – at the same time.
The other seven are Bernard Hopkins (Middleweight), Jermaine Taylor (Middleweight), Terrence Crawford (Super Lightweight), Alexander Usik (Cruiserweight), Josh Taylor (Super Lightweight), Saul Alvarez (Super Middleweight) and Joer (Super Middleweight).
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