Devin Haney vs George Kambosos Jr II, weigh-in, live stream, updates, full card, how to watch, start time Australia,
After a spirited and dramatic official press conference on Friday, George Kambosos Jr. and American rival Devin Haney on Saturday morning both weighed in successfully for their world lightweight title rematch.
But the weigh-ins were every bit as chaotic as the antics of the night before, as Haney supporters rushed to the stage before a fight nearly broke out in the crowd. The two fighters were separated after a downward gaze turned into a push-and-shove.
“We had a fight. We’ll do it tomorrow,” Haney said.
“It’s definitely been a little hot out there,” Australian boxing great Barry Michael told Fox Sports. “It almost got out of hand there.”
Warren Smith said: “It got a little willful and a little out of control.”
“There is every chance that it will be a war. It will be something else. There is bad blood between the two of them,” added Michael. “I think we’re going to see some serious fireworks.”
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After a quieter buildup this time around, Kambosos ended his self-imposed exile on Friday with a war of words with his American rival, who won the belts in their title showdown in June.
Neither arrived at the Rod Laver Arena before the start of weigh-ins at 10 a.m., raising fears that the two may have struggled to gain weight.
“It really surprises me,” Australian boxing legend Barry Michael told Fox Sports, especially after Kambosos said yesterday he was already at the weight limit. “To me, that’s unprofessional.”
“It’s a hell of a surprise,” Warren Smith said.
But half an hour later, at just the right time, Kambosos (21-1, 10KOs) weighed in at 134.04lbs – comfortably under the 135lb limit for the title fight.
He said he had no worries making the cut, having needed a second attempt to make the boundary for their first meeting in June.
“Without a doubt. We got to work. That’s a statement right there. We’ll make a statement tomorrow.
“I’m torn and ready. I haven’t shown too much in this camp but I will show everything tomorrow.
“We are ready, and all he brings is not enough.”
Haney (28-0, 15KO) came in at 134.81lbs, making the fight official.
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After weighing in, the two immediately stared at each other — even before Haney answered some scheduled questions.
Haney was constantly talking to Kambosos, who remained silent while chewing gum – until he had the last word. As they turned to bow to the crowd, Kambosos pushed past Haney, who responded in kind.
The two then got into a scuffle when both fighters’ camps burst onto the scene, causing chaos and requiring security to intervene. The argy-bargy nearly broke out into a full-fledged brawl in the crowd afterwards.
‘RIPPER’ FROM AN UPCOMING WORLD TITLE FIGHT
Former two-time world champion Susie Ramadan (29-3, 12KOs) was comfortably under the 122-pound limit. She said, “Nerves are pretty good, I’m just ready to go.”
“It’s going to be exciting tomorrow, that’s for sure.”
Her opponent, IBF world title holder Cherneka Johnson (14-1, 6KOs) came in at 121.03lbs. “It’s going to be a ripper of a fight!
“It’s exciting to see women’s boxing grow, I’m excited to show my skills and defend my title.”
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AUSSIE OUT TO “STEAL THE SHOW”
Two-time world title challenger Norbelto Jimenez (31-6-9, 16KOs) came in just under the 115-pound limit for his massive fight with Andrew Moloney. “I prepared very, very well to come and beat Andrew Moloney at home,” he said.
Aussie Moloney (24-2, 16KOs) was a shade lighter at 114.75 lbs. He said: “No problem, I’m a real professional. I’m never out of camp, I’m always ready. That’s our statement to Team Moloney – always ready.
“I’m going to earn my shot at a world title after this fight, grab this and bring it back to Australia.”
After stealing the show with a stunning win in June’s meeting between Kambosos and Haney, he said he was ready to do it again: “Absolutely. The plan is to steal the show, make sure you don’t miss it!
AUSSIE READY FOR ‘LAST GOAL’
Thai beast Nawaphon Kaikanha (56-1-1, 46KOs) will fight for the first time outside of his home country against Jason Moloney. He weighed 117.39 pounds – under the 118-pound limit.
Kaikanha, 31, said, “I’m very excited. I have never been in this environment before, I am very excited!
Moloney (24-2, 19KOs) came in at 117.83 pounds. He said: “Ready to go mate. This is it. The last hurdle before becoming world champion.
With current champion Naoya Inoue set to drop out of the division and move up in weight, freeing up his belt, the winner of tomorrow’s battle could inherit the WBC title.
“It’s the hardest fight of my life. I didn’t neglect anything. It will be a great performance tomorrow.
FULL WEIGH IN RESULTS
MAIN MAP (ON MAIN EVENT)
Devin Haney vs. George Kambosos Jr.; for Haney’s WBC/WBO/IBF/WBA lightweight titles
Jason Moloney 117.83 pounds against Nawaphon Kaikanha 117.39 pounds; WBC bantamweight eliminator (12x3m rounds)
Andrew Moloney 114.75 pounds against Norbelto Jimenez 114.97 pounds; Junior bantamweight, vacant WBO international title
Cherneka Johnson 121.03l vs. Susie Ramadan 119.38lb; for Johnson’s IBF Junior Women’s Featherweight Title (10x2m rounds)
Adrian Sosa vs. John Mannu (swing fight)
PRELIMS (ON FOX SPORTS)
Faiga ‘Django’ Opelu 223.87lbs vs. Hemi Ahio 243.39lbs (8x3m rounds)
Titi Motusaga 196.98 lbs against David Nyika 198.73 lbs (6x3m rounds)
Amari Jones vs. Tej Pratap Singh
Marcus Heywood vs. Lorenzo Simpson
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