Devin Haney becomes Unified Lightweight Champion

American Devin Haney unified the lightweight division titles on Sunday in Melbourne by winning unanimously over Australia’s George Kambosos Jr.

The 23-year-old prodigy, nicknamed “The Dream,” enjoyed two verdicts of 116-112 and a third of 118-110 in front of a crowd of more than 40,000 people, ending up with the WBA, WBC, WBO, and IBF belts in the category.

He is the first boxer to unify lightweight belts since Pernell Whitaker in 1992 and the first in the four-belt era, which began in 2004.

The Pugilist from Las Vegas, Nevada, remains undefeated in 28 professional fights, while Kambosos suffered his first setback in his 21st appearance in the ring.

In his last outing, Kambosos defeated Teofimo Lopez by split decision in a duel at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Kambosos was a victim of Haney’s sensational speed, instinct, and relentless directness from the left. Frustrated, the Australian struggled to deliver enough big blows.

The Americans also engaged in a real defensive tour de force.

His skill and tactical acumen won against 41,000 spectators, almost all acquired by his opponent, in a Marvel Stadium heated to white.

“It’s a dream come true,” Haney said. 

The day before the fight, the American’s trainer and father, Bill, was granted a visa at the last minute after being denied entry to Australia because of a thirty-year-old doping conviction.

“I felt comfortable,” Haney continued. “I stuck to the game plan… I deprived him of what he does best.”

With his victory, Haney enters an exclusive club of boxers since he is only the eighth in history to unify the belts.

The other seven are Bernard Hopkins (middleweight), Jermain Taylor (medium), Terence Crawford (super lightweight), Oleksandr Usyk (medium), Josh Taylor (super lightweight), and Saul. “Canelo” Alvarez (super medium), and Jermell Charlo (super middleweight).

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