Devin Haney received advice directly from Derek Chisora ahead of his eagerly anticipated but unannounced championship defense against Vasily Lomachenko.
By defeating George Kambosos Jr. in Australia, "The Dream" was able to claim all the lightweight championship belts. He then repeated the accomplishment in the subsequent rematch, this time doing so even more convincingly.
When Seconds Out asked the veteran heavyweight who would come out on top, he pointed to Haney, who was standing to his right.
“My brother [Haney.] I’ve seen this guy go to Australia, twice, yeah? And on top of that they tried to disrupt his whole camp by saying his dad could not go, and I thought he was gonna be fazed about it.
You know what happened? God was looking after him. He just got on the plane, he went there, dealt with the guy, came back, went back again, dealt with the guy, came back, and the guy’s still sitting there holding his head saying ‘what happened?'”
Few people, though, consider Kambosos to be on the same level as Lomachenko.
The Ukrainian was the undisputed champion in the division before suffering an unexpected loss to Teofimo Lopez. He is one of the most successful amateur boxers of all time with just one recorded loss, which he avenged.
But Chisora thinks Haney can succeed if he fights without regard for the audience and concentrates on perfecting his strike.
“The way he beat his last opponents. Outsmarting them. This young man here, he don’t fight for the crowd. He outsmarts [his opponents.] Every time they come in, he puts his jab out there – eat that. He steps out – eat that. And every time he wants to go in, he does in – eat the jab.”
“That works for him. The jab. When he opens up with the jab, then everything else comes together. But, most fighters want to come in and start putting five combinations [together] before they establish the jab first.”
The young undisputed champion recently stated at a press conference for Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury in Saudi Arabia that the Lomachenko fight should take place on May 20 and that the Middle Eastern country was a possible host.
After his two fights with Kambosos, Haney will compete on Top Rank for the third time in the fight, which is unquestionably the toughest test of his undefeated career thus far.