Undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney has named the two opponents he would like to face should a rematch with George Kambosos Jr not happen.
There is a contractual obligation in place for Haney to face the man he beat on June 5 once again. The Australian is expected to take up that option but during an interview with Mark Kriegel there was no definitive answer about from the new number one lightweight on what he would do next.
“Honestly, we need to sit down with the team, my dad, Bob [Arum], and we gonna figure out what’s next and obviously it has to make sense for me and my team. But I’m a true fighter. I’m willing to fight whoever, wherever, whenever. If it all makes sense for me and my team, then we’re ready to do it again.
“I like Loma and I like ‘Tank’ Davis. Those are the two fights that I’m interested in if me and George Kambosos don’t do the rematch. Those are the two fights that we would love to make.”
Sat next to him was his father, trainer, and manager Bill who, due to visa issues, arrived in Australia at the last minute to guide his son to glory.
“We signed to not only beat him once but to beat him twice. But like Devin says everything must make sense because from a business standpoint it has to make sense all around the board.”
Many believe that a return bout between Haney and Kambosos is a pointless exercise such was the convincing manner of the American’s victory. Two judges had it 116-112 but the 118-110 from Pawel Kardyni was far closer to what Haney accomplished at The Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.
Kriegel asked Haney if he thought the fight would be that easy.
“I can’t say I was necessarily surprised because me and my team we studied him for weeks, for months, the whole training camp. We knew what he had and what he didn’t have, and we just dissected him and picked him apart like I knew that we would.”