Boxing results, highlights: Devin Haney becomes undisputed champion with a decisive victory over George Kambosos Jr.


Devin Haney was ready to step up and fly to Australia to face George Kambosos Jr. for the undisputed lightweight championship on Saturday night. It turned out to be a very profitable move for Haney as he topped Kambosos in 12 rounds to win all four world championships at 135 pounds.

Haney becomes only the ninth fighter to unify all four recognized titles in any weight class and the second youngest at just 23 years old.

There was very little drama in the fight, with Haney immediately laying down a brilliant shot that stopped Kambosos from launching his attack. When the jab landed, Haney fired left hooks in the lead and straight right hands behind him, each hit discouraging Kambosos from letting go with the right hand he seemed to have been charging all night.

In the end, Haney took the unanimous decision victory with the official scorecards showing 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110.

“I handicapped him at his best game,” Haney said after the fight. “He wanted to land the overhand right and the big left hook. I disabled him. I was fighting both ways. When I went left, I was fighting his right hand. When I went right, I was fighting his hook.He couldn’t land either.

Haney, who entered with the WBC championship, was not the man originally slated to face Kambosos after Kambosos’ shock victory over Teofimo Lopez to win the WBC franchise championship while holding the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles. The original plan was for Kambosos to defend against former champion Vasiliy Lomachenko. When Lomachenko pulled out of the fight to stay in his native Ukraine after Russia invaded the country, an opportunity arose for Haney to silence critics who claimed his WBC title was illegitimate when he was elevated from the interim championship title when Lomachenko was named franchise champion by the WBC.

After a tough build up to the fight that saw Kambosos frequently using trash talk, Haney’s dad arrives the night before the fight and Kambosos misses the weight on his first attempt, Haney was calm from the jump looking like a masterful boxer so that he stopped completely. Kambosos and scored the Australian’s face with a steady regimen of jabs.

Kambosos will have the opportunity for revenge as the fight with Haney included a rematch clause which also stated that Haney would have to return to Australia if he won the first round.

Kambosos made it clear that he fully intends to activate this clause when speaking after the fight.

“I’ll give him all the respect, give him his time and we’ll do it again,” Kambosos said. “I thought the fight was very close but I’m not going to spoil his moment. … I’ll see him very soon.”

Stephen Fulton dominates Daniel Roman

Kambosos vs. Haney wasn’t the only fight Saturday night with multiple world championships on the line. Stephen Fulton defended his WBC and WBO super bantamweight titles against Daniel Roman in Minneapolis.

Similar to the Haney win, Fulton used movement and a stiff jab to set the tone for 12 rounds of action with Roman trying to pressure but finding all starting attempts stifled.

Fulton simply outclassed and passed Roman at every turn, turning a fight that had the potential to be one of the best of the year into a one-sided rout. The official fight scorecards read 119-109, 120-108 and 120-108.

Fulton is now turning his attention to his goal of meeting WBA and IBF champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev in a four-belt unification later this year.

CBS Sports was with you the whole way Saturday for both events, so be sure to tune in for live results and highlights below.

Results, highlights

  • Devin Haney (c) def. Georgie Kambosos Jr. via unanimous decision (116-112, 116-112, 118-110)
  • Stephen Fulton (c) def. Daniel Roman by unanimous decision (119-109, 120-108, 120-108)
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