George Kambosos Jr.-Devin Haney Live Results and Analysis

George Kambosos Jr. puts his WBO, WBA, IBF and WBC “franchise” lightweight titles on the line against WBC champion Devin Haney on Saturday, in the main event of a Top Rank card at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia (9pm ET on ESPN/ESPN+ with preliminaries at 7:30 on ESPN+).

Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) won his titles against Teofimo Lopez Jr. unanimously in November. He was going to face Vasiliy Lomachenko, but Lomachenko decided to stay in his homeland of Ukraine after the Russian invasion and Haney got the call.

Despite fighting at home and holding three of the four major titles, Kambosos is a slight underdog (+155) against Haney (-180), according to Caesars Sportsbook.

“I like the underdog status,” Kambosos said during the latest press conference on Friday. “They’ve been against me my whole career. They’ve been saying that my whole career. I’m still the top dog and after Sunday I’ll remain the top dog.”

Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) won the WBC interim title in 2019, but was then elevated to full champion when the WBC named Lomachenko its “franchise” champion. Haney has made four defenses, including a unanimous decision win over Joseph “JoJo” Diaz in December.

“This is the biggest stage, but this is something I’ve dreamed of,” Haney said. “I knew I’d be here one day, but I didn’t think it would come this early, but I’m thankful. It’s time… I feel like I’m the much better fighter. I’ve got a lot more skills than him.”

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Next fight: George Kambosos Jr. vs. Devin Haney, 12 laps, for the undisputed lightweight title


Results:

Moloney stops Palicte with brutal third round TKO

Jason Moloney returned to Australia after four fights in the state with a statement.

The 31-year-old scored a third-round TKO against Aston Palicte in a bantamweight bout, the main support bout for George Kambosos Jr. vs. Devin Haney.

Moloney (24-2, 19 KOs) knocked Palicte to the ground with a short right hand before a barrage of shots caused referee Ignatius Missailidis to intervene as Palicte fell for the second time. The time of the intermission was 2:35.

Andrew Moloney’s twin brother, who would also compete on this card, Jason Moloney is rated No. 7 at Bantamweight by ESPN. The win was Moloney’s third straight since a seventh-round KO loss to united champion Naoya Inoue in 2020.

Palicte (28-5-1, 23 KOs), a 31-year-old from the Philippines, lost for the third time in six fights.


Browne scores unmissable first-round KO over Fa

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Lucas Browne stunned the announcers and the Australian public with this first round knockout of his fight against Junior Fa.

Lucas Browne, 43, delivered a stunning result with a first round TKO of heavyweight fringe contender Junior Fa.

Australian native Browne sent Fa crashing to the mat with an overhand right hand to the ear, then finished off Fa with a single right hand to the head.

Browne (31-3, 27 KOs) took the biggest win of his career in 2016 when he scored a 10th round TKO from a faded version of Ruslan Chagaev, but has since lost three fights in the distance, including a first round TKO last year to companion Paul Gallen.

Fa (19-2, 10 KOs), a 32-year-old from New Zealand, entered for the first time since dropping a decision to former heavyweight title holder Joseph Parker in February 2021.


Nickolas and Higgins fight for majority draw

Lachlan Higgins and Terry Nickolas competed for a majority in a six-round junior middleweight bout.

A judge scored the game for Higgins, 58-56, but was drowned out by a double score of 57-57.

Higgins (7-4-2, 2 KOs) and Nickolas (2-1-1, 2 KOs) were engaged in a close battle between two domestic fighters from Australia but failed to produce a winner. The match was the last preliminary matchup before the main map begins.


Robertson wins flyweight debut

In a five round women’s flyweight fight, Taylah Robertson improved to 5-1 (with 1 knockout) with a unanimous decision over Sarah Higginson. All three judges scored the match 50-45. It was Robertson’s first fight at 112 pounds.

Robertson, a 24-year-old Australian, will be fighting again in her home country in 10 days. Higginson, meanwhile, lost for the first time as a pro, falling back to 3-1-1, 1 KO.


Angeloni dominates Aitken on professional debut

Yoel Angeloni successfully made his professional debut with a unanimous decision win over Ken Aitken in a four-round welterweight bout.

The 18-year-old was forced to suffer a nasty cut over his left eye after a head-on collision. He was a member of the Cuban National Youth Team before continuing his amateur career in Italy, where he now lives.

Angeloni, promoted by Lou DiBella, triumphed via 39-37, 39-37 and 40-36 scorecards. Atken (3-1, 1 KO) suffered the first loss of his career.


Junior lightweight Pom Thanawut Phetkum defeated Hussein Fayad by unanimous decision with scores of 40-36, 40-36 and 40-36.

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