Kambosos-Haney walks down SATURDAY (9pm ET / 6pm Pacific Time) at Marvel Stadium LIVE on ESPNESPN Deportes and ESPN+
Most of the trash talk is over. It’s almost time. WBO / IBF / WBA . Lightweight Champion George Kambosos Jr. (20-0, 10 KOs) and won the WBC Devin Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) are two days away from their showdown for the undisputed title at Marvel Stadium. The fight, which is Sunday local time and airs Saturday night in the United States, is one of the biggest ever on Australian soil.
More than 40,000 fans are expected, as 23-year-old Haney tries to make history more than 8,000 miles from home. Kambosos, from Sydney, Australia, returned home and attempted to score a second straight after the horror film won the title last November against Teofimo Lopez.
In 10 feature rounds, the Australian two-time bantamweight champion challenger Jason “Mayhem” Moloney going to fight the standout of the Philippines Aston Palicte. The opening match organized by ESPN TV channel will be the 10th round battle of the big boys between the big boys born in New Zealand. Junior Fa and Australians Lucas Browne. Kambosos-Haney, Moloney-Palicte and Fa-Browne will be broadcast live on ESPNESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Under-the-card match will be streamed live and exclusive on ESPN+ (7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT).
At Thursday’s press conference, here’s what the warriors had to say.
George Kambosos Jr.
“It has been a long and arduous journey. Everyone knows that, but I’m ready for Sunday. All those tough moments got me ready for Sunday, and I’m going to shock the world again. Least? Beautiful. We are ready. ”
“I got through it all, so whatever comes on Sunday, we’ll be ready. We will be fully prepared. We are warriors. Whatever path we have to take, we are prepared.”
About the mental battle against Haney
“I’m just having fun. I am enjoying this moment. I’m just telling the truth. If it does or doesn’t affect him, so be it. We’re going into it on Sunday, and that’s the big thing. ”
“I envisioned winning by all means. I have shown everything, every part of this journey. They said we would never be here, but only two people really believed it, me and my father. So I showed my victory, and I envision winning by all means on Sunday.”
“I like being weak. They’ve been against me my whole career. They said my whole career. I am still the top dog, and after Sunday I will still be the top dog. ”
“This is the biggest stage, but this is what I’ve been dreaming of. I know that one day I will be here, but I didn’t think it would come so soon, but I am grateful. It is the time now.”
“I knew he would try anything he could to try to get me out of the game or distract me. But he can say what he wants to say, because regardless I will do what I do when we step into the ring. I will win by all means. ”
“A win would be gratifying because it means I did it with all the odds, even if things didn’t go in my favor. They tried to do whatever they could to put me at a disadvantage. But when I show up on top, it’s much sweeter. I look forward to bringing the belts back and showing my dad what we’ve accomplished together. “
“I feel like a much better fighter. I have more skills than him. I’ll show him on Sunday. That’s for me to show off in the ring. The odds really don’t matter because I’ll show you no matter what they say. I am above him. “
“This must have been a great match. These two young men are at the top of their game. Everyone has a lot of pride. George Kambosos beat Teofimo Lopez, a match he wasn’t hoping to win based on so-called pros, but he won that bout and won all of these belts. Devin Haney is one of our brightest young boxers in the United States who has garnered a lot of attention and consistently delivers a great performance. Both are undefeated. This is what boxing is all about, and it has to be a great fight. ”
“George Kambosos holds most of the titles. He got this. He beat Teofimo Lopez. He has taken on every challenge put in front of him. Sometimes, he fights in front of no one. He has traveled the world and fought in other people’s territory time and time again for his chance to be the undisputed champion. And now he will have a chance to collect every belt if he can beat Devin Haney.”
“Devin Haney is a fighter and a guy wants those belts. He’s willing to accept the challenge and ready to get on a plane and travel halfway around the world, even without this dad, because he understands the importance of this moment and the significance of this opportunity.” .
“This is a great opportunity for me. Winning against him will give me another chance to fight for a world title. I’m so excited and I’m so grateful to be on this show. Being a part of his event was huge, and it just made me more hungry. It gave me more determination to collect those belts and one day, the title shows me at Marvel Stadium. This is a must-win for me if I want to achieve my dream and become Australia’s next world champion. I’ve worked incredibly hard and I’m ready to get the job done. ”
“I am very happy and excited to be a part of Kambosos vs. Haney. Kambosos was my sidekick in Manny Pacquiao’s last fight in Las Vegas. Thank you Team Moloney for choosing me. I trained hard for this fight. Moloney is a good fighter, and I am also a good fighter. This is a good fight.”
“Your next fight is always your biggest fight. This is basically where I am, and it’s a huge stage. I’m sitting here with belts all over the place. And it’s all really, really cool. But I’m pretty sure our fight was also for the belt, and I noticed Lucas wasn’t wearing a belt. Hopefully he doesn’t forget it on Sunday because I made room for it in my luggage on the way back home. ”
“I am 43 years old. I have three or four more battles left. I want to strengthen my career and I want to fight well. I don’t want to go into a fight where I’m just there to flip. Junior Fa and Joseph Parker have been on the radar for years. Obviously, it’s a little showdown between Australia and New Zealand. So for me, it makes sense for me to fight Junior right now. ”
Saturday, June 4
ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+ (9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT)
Jason Moloney vs Aston Palicte, 10 rounds, Moloney’s WBC Silver and WBO International Bantamweight Titant
Junior Fa vs Lucas Browne, 10 rounds, Browne’s WBA Oceania heavyweight belt
INSPIRE: Hemi Ahio vs. Christian Ndzie Tsoye, 8/6 rounds, heavyweight
INSPIRE: David Nyika vs Karim Maatalla, 6/4 rounds, cruiser class
ESPN+ ( AFTER MAIN EVENT)
Andrew Moloney vs Alexander Espinoza, 8 rounds, bantamweight
ESPN+ (7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT)
Taylah Robertson vs Sarah Higginson, 5 rounds, flyweight
Yoel Angeloni vs Ken Aitken, 4 rounds, welterweight
INSPIRE: Luke Gersbeck vs Isaias Sette, 4 rounds, junior middleweight