Undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney reacted to the news his rematch with George Kambosos Jr. is done with surprise.
“The Dream” called out any notion that his contracted second clash with Kambosos happens this October in Australia.
Devin Haney denial
Haney said he knew nothing about the story and that he “ain’t heard or agreed to nothing.”
A few days before the denied reports, Haney was not wholly on board with returning down under after dominating Kambosos in June.
“I took the short end of the stick [the last time],” Haney told FightHype.com. “I took less money for my team and me to go over there.
“Against all odds, we came out victorious, as he did against Teo [Lopez]. You know, at the end of the day, he got paid well. He did good [business].
“If you want us to come back, you gotta do the right thing to get my team and me there again.”
He added that he might go in a different direction but did confirm the date was correct.
“We just got to see what’s next. We don’t know. We’re weighing our options. Possibly, possibly not.
“We just got to wait and see what makes the most sense for my team and me. That’s what’s next. But [in] October, I will be fighting. But we don’t know who yet.”
If he did agree to trade blows with the Greek-Australian again, Kambosos might be the one that travels.
“They can come over here and get it,” Haney pointed out. “Or, if we do go over there, it just gotta make sense for us to go back.
“You know what that means by ‘make [monetary] sense.'”
George Kambosos Jr rematch
Kambosos told News Corp that he has “activated the rematch clause” and wanted the return on home soil.
“I know I can win a rematch,” Kambosos said. “I will make some changes. This is my destiny to show how great I am and get those belts back.”
Top Rank boss Bob Arum is open to allowing Kambosos an interim fight, though.
“There is a contract for him [Haney] to fight Kambosos again in a rematch,” Arum said. “Again, when sensible people have a contract. There is another way to go. You might be able to do that.
“In other words, nobody is talking about breaching a contract. But it might be worthwhile for Kambosos to take another fight as a tune-up fight.
“Then fight the winner of Haney and who Haney would be fighting. All that would be possible.
“But is there a contract for a rematch? – Absolutely. And knowing the Haneys and what honorable people they are, they are not going to breach that contract.”
A deal may have to get worked out where Haney is allowed to fight in October before heading back to Australia next spring.
There’s still plenty of work to be done.
The views expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.