MELBOURNE, Australia – George Kambosos Jr is placing his boxing career on the road, saying his rematch with American Devin Haney in October might be his final battle if it ends in loss.
Kambosos gave up all three of his light-weight world title belts in their unification battle in entrance of greater than 40,000 spectators at Marvel Stadium in early June, with a dominant Haney profitable by unanimous choice.
The Australian fighter pressured Haney right into a rematch clause that required him to journey again to Melbourne for the battle on October 16 at the Rod Laver Arena, which has a smaller capability of round 15,000.
As an added addition to the matchup, subsequent 12 months’s winner will both meet Vasiliy Lomachenko, who moved to the United States after defending Ukraine in opposition to Russia, or former champion Jamaine Ortiz, who will meet later in October.
With expertise galore in the 135-pound division, Kambosos admitted the battle might be his final if it ends in loss.
“It’s a big gap, but for me, who is 29, it’s life or death,” Kambosos advised reporters on Tuesday.
“If I don’t make it through this fight, you won’t see me back in Australia fighting local guys – I’m not.
“Everything I have I will put in that ring and my training, and God willing I will be victorious.
“Do or die, it might be the final time you see Kambosos or I’ll get all of the oars again.”
Now 20-1, Kambosos was stopped by Haney’s relentless jab, with the 23-year-old controlling the fight from the outside.
Kambosos would not reveal what changes he would make to his fight plan, but he hoped the referee would allow less controversy.
“Changes will probably be made and I’m positive Haney will make extra adjustments too and I’m trying ahead to talking in the ring,” Kambosos said.
“I’m not going to take it away from Devin, a incredible win, however I hope the referee does justice to the battle this time.”
Elsewhere, whereas selling the battle in June, Kambosos has since held again, saying he was returning to the life he led earlier than upsetting one other American, Teofimo Lopez, to develop into world champions final 12 months.
He mentioned he felt extra comfy with the underdog tag.
“It’s been like that (the underdog tag) my entire career,” mentioned the daddy of three.
“Before the Lopez battle, earlier than the (Lee) Selby battle, even in opposition to (Mickey) Bey in the previous, it is at all times been like that.
“The only time it changes is the first fight with Haney, where you have that rematch clause in the back of your mind, it was don’t do it or die, it’s not when I’m at my best.”
Haney prolonged his document to 28-0 and mentioned it was only the start of his story to develop into the undisputed world champion.
“It was a dream come true for me to be undisputed and to see my name mentioned by the greats, but it doesn’t stop there,” he mentioned in a video from Las Vegas.
“I want my name to be mentioned by Pernell Whitaker, he was undisputed, but he defended his titles and I want to do the same.”