by Matt Lieberman: Eddie Hearn says he has begun talks with promoter Lou DiBella for a fight between undisputed lightweight champion George Camposos Jr. and WBC champion Devin Haney likely in the Middle East in May.
Hearn has stated that he has received an offer from the Middle East to host Camposos Junior’s fight against Hani there, and that is where he is heading towards organizing the competition.
Hearn realizes that Vasily Lomachenko’s promoters at Top Rank are hoping to do battle with Kambosos. However, he feels confident that the Australian fighter is with Haney’s choice so they can finish the job unchallenged.
According to Hearn, fans want to know who the No. 1 fighter in the lightweight division is, and one way for them is to find out if Camposos faces Haney.
Hearn will sell the battle of Kambosos vs. For the #1 fighter to be selected, a mini-cycle between these lighter weights may be required:
- George Campos Jr.
- Devin Hani
- Vasily Lomachenko
- Michel Rivera
- Gerfonta “Tank” Davis
- Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz
- Roland Romero
Camposus Junior vs. Hani in the works
“I spoke to Lou DiBella yesterday, and he’s doing his job in Australia,” Eddie Hearn told the DAZN Boxing Show when asked if negotiations were underway over a fight between George Camposus Jr. and Devin Haney.
“We have received an offer from the Middle East Devin Haney vs. Camposus. “This is one we’re heading toward where we’re getting a steady offer for. For me, it’s the only fight in the division.
“I know Top Rank is talking about Lomachenko against Camposos. We need to end this situation unchallenged. We need to know who the real hero is. It’s a normal fight. Hearn said: “It’s a great fight against Camposos.
I don’t think it is important for Camposos to become the undisputed champion at all.
If Kambosos chooses Hani as his opponent for the month of May, it is because the money pleases him, and he thinks he can defeat him. Camposus wouldn’t choose Haney because he wants to “end this situation unchallenged,” Hearn asserts.
“We can do it on Sunday in Australia; we can do it in the UAE. We can do it in America. Devin Haney is ready to go for that fight.” He will not value himself.
“He knows that George Camposos is the king of the band right now. He’s the one with the most belts, and he’s the one who did really well the last time he got a big win. [over Teofimo Lopez]Hearn said.
If Hearn receives an offer to organize the Battle of Kambosos-Haney in the Middle East, it will give him a huge advantage over Top Rank and other promoters to defeat Kambosos.
Hani wants to be undisputed
Hearn’s best chance of turning Haney into a star and money maker is to spend whatever money is enough to get you to fight the Kambosos.
Haney needs to become the undisputed lightweight champion ASAP to increase his popularity among casual boxing fans.
Once that happens, Hearn can skillfully maneuver him around dangerous threats like Lomachenko, Tank Davis, Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz, and Michel Rivera.
You could argue that Hearn was working hard to do so because Haney didn’t fight any of these talented heavyweights, and was quick to dismiss the idea of fighting Lomachenko by reminding fans that he lost to Teofimo Lopez.
“Devin is ready to do whatever he has to do to become unchallenged, and I hope that Lou DiBella, Peter Kahn and Viruses Tromotions can get through this fight.
“It really feels like a natural in the department. You said he had the best resume of any light resume in 2021. He defeated Linares, he defeated Diaz, and they were two really solid wins.
“For a long time, we have been struggling to get these names for Devin Haney. We have to pay for these names because everyone rated Devin Haney, and they know how hard it is to beat him.
“So now, you have to give Camposos an enormous amount of credit and respect. He was a tremendous underdog and victory of the year.”
“Devin was really confident, and that’s one thing you’ll always get from Devin Haney, consistency in the gym and in the ring,” Hearn said.
Lomachenko had a better résumé in 2021 than Hane by defeating Richard Comey and Masayoshi Nakatani. These guys are generally better than Jorge Linares and Joseph Jojo Diaz Jr.
Also, Lomachenko outflanked his opponent better than Haney did, as Loma dominated. We saw Haney swing by Diaz and Linares.
Hearn: Hani is in a great position to get Camposus
“People talk about Devin Haney not doing it, and Devin Haney not doing it. Believe me, Devin Haney’s numbers on DAZN are great.
“So, I think he’s in a great position, and he deserves this fight. He takes care of the business with strength and calmness. To me, he’s #1 lightweight in the world,” Hearn said.
It’s a combination of money that Hearn is willing to give, and Haney is arguably the most win-win of the fighters vying for the honor of facing Camposos, which is what gives him the inner path.
The other fighters Camposos will face, Gerfonta “Tank” Davis and Vasily Lomachenko, would be poor choices for the Australian.
Kambosos is an excellent fighter, but he would have gotten more than he bargained for if he had defended against Lomachenko or Tank Davis.
Promoter Lou DiBella knows what he’s dealing with in terms of talent or lack thereof with Kambosos, and he’s not going to match him blindly against fighters he knows will definitely beat him 100%.
Debella is a shrewd judge of talent, and he knows that he cannot allow Camposus to fight Lomachenko or Tank, no matter how good the money is. We look at it this way.
Kambosos has an equal chance of beating Haney, and if he can do that, he’ll be allowed to clinch his titles for a year before being called upon for mandatory defense.
In the meantime, if WBO orders Camposos to defend against mandatory Lomachenko, he can always vacate the belt, and I think he would do so very quickly after being advised to do so.