Devin Haney Heavy Betting Favorite in George Kambosos Rematch


  • Devin Haney is a massive -850 betting favorite in a George Kambosos rematch.
  • Kambosos, who opened at +220 in the first bout, is a huger +510 bottom dog in the second fight.
  • The Australian recently activated his rematch clause against Haney, triggering the best boxing betting sites to open the betting odds for a second meeting between these two fighters.

Devin Haney has opened as a heavy betting favorite in a rematch against George Kambosos.

The best boxing sportsbooks have listed Haney as the -850 betting favorite to repeat against Kambosos who opened at +510 odds:

Haney traveled all the way to Australia to take Kambosos’ belts home to the United States earlier this month and became the undisputed lightweight champion. But with Kambosos activating his rematch clause, the two are set to run it back again.

Haney Wins Undisputed Lightweight Title via UD

Last December, Haney opened as the -280 odds on favorite to beat Kambosos in an undisputed lightweight title bout. The American entered the Marvel Arena in Melbourne, Australia as the -165 betting favorite last June 4th. Meanwhile, Kambosos was listed at +140 on fight Night after opening at +220 odds. The actual fight was anything but close.

Working behind a steady jab all night long, Haney out-landed Kambosos 147-100 in total punches. He also out-landed Kambosos in 9 out of the 12 rounds in the fight, including the last six. Both fighters landed almost the same number of power punches at 69-68 in favor of Haney but there was a massive 78-32 discrepancy in jabs landed in the 36-minute bout.

After three rounds, Haney’s odds shortened to -290 at the BetOnline App while Kambosos faltered to +230. The odds were even more lopsided three rounds later as Haney’s live odds further went up to -700 and Kambosos down to +475 odds. The beatdown did not end there. Entering the championship rounds, the American saw his odds move to -3003 while the Aussie had faded to +1300. When all was said and done, Haney won via unanimous decision with scores of 118-110, 116-112, and 116-112.

Major Upset

Kambosos scored a major upset when he defeated Teofimo Lopez last year to win the WBA (super), IBF, WBO, and Ring lightweight titles. In that bout, the Australian closed as a heavy +650 betting favorite but he shocked Lopez with a split decision win in a fight that was named the 2021 Fight of the Year by Ring and ESPN.

Haney is only the 8th fighter to become the undisputed lightweight champion in boxing’s four-belt era. The 23-year-old from Oakland, California won the interim WBC lightweight champion in 2019 when he defeat Zaur Abdullaev. After he was elevated to full champion status, Haney made four successful title defenses before staking the title against Kambosos.

The opening odds of -850 are Haney’s shortest odds since he opened at -2500 against Abdullaev, which says a lot about what the oddsmakers think about the rematch. The American was simply too fast, too slick, and too good for Kambosos in that first bout. Unless Haney decides to slug it out with the Australian right from the opening bell, there’s probably not much Kambosos can do either in the rematch.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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