George Kambosos Jr has locked in his rematch with American lightweight champion Devin Haney in an attempt to win back his world title belts on October 16.
Kambosos surrendered his belts in their unification fight at Marvel Stadium in early June, with Haney declared undisputed lightweight world champion in a unanimous decision.
At a press conference in Melbourne, the Sydneysider enforced a rematch that will take place at Rod Laver Arena and cut a different figure from when he made wild predictions about victory before the first fight.
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“I am looking forward to October 16th at Rod Laver Arena and that’s where I will do my talking,” he said. “Inside the ring.”
The 29-year-old also promised to walk away from the sport if he can’t win the rematch.
“It’s a great division. But, for me, yes, I’m 29, this is the do-or-die for me now,” he said.
“You will not see me if I don’t overcome come this fight back in Australia; fighting domestic guys, that’s not me.
“Everything I have, I’ll be putting it to that ring and obviously my training and God willing, I’ll be victorious October 16.”
Kambosos’ demeanor was noted by the lightweight world champion, who walked away with four world championship belts after the first fight in front of more than 42,000 people.
“George Kambosos is quiet right now like he should have been before our first fight. I wish him a healthy training camp,” Haney said.
“I’m expecting a hungry and determined Kambosos on October 16th in Melbourne. I will be prepared for any adjustment he brings.
“Like life hasn’t changed for me,” Haney added.
“At the end of the day, I’m still the same person, I’m still the same fighter.
“At the end of the day I knew that I was going to win, so it’s not a surprise for me. It just made me hungrier because it’s hard to get the belts but it’s even harder to keep them. I know that a lot of people want my head, even more now. So it made me even more hungry.”
Kambosos’ promoter Lou DiBella said the Australian understands he needs a new approach for the rematch.
“Kambosos-Haney 1 was the Devin Haney show. George is going to have to fight a completely different fight to get that victory and he knows it,” DiBella said.
“That alone assures an action-packed rematch. The odds are against George. He needs to defy the odds yet again.”
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