The father of George Kambosos’ American opponent has been denied entry to Australia and has taken a swipe at the Australian government.
George Kambosos’ American opponent has talked a big game as he arrived in Australia ahead of their lightweight unification world title fight.
After shocking the world to become world champion last year, Kambosos will take on Devin Haney in Melbourne on June 5 as he attempts to add Haney’s WBC belt to his WBA, IBF, WBO and lineal titles.
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“He said I got cold feet but I’m here in Australia,” Haney (27-0, 15KOs) said after he touched down in Melbourne.
“I said I would be, I stuck to everything I would do, and here we go.”
“He’s in the best shape of his life, and he’s going to dominate the fight,” one member of Haney’s camp said.
“He’s just too strong for this kid. and we’ve put in the work.”
“We are in Australia because we’re going to shock the world,” another member of his team said.
“We’re going to come back with four belts. We’ve got one now but that ain’t good enough. We want four, so how we going to do that? We’re simply going to destroy Mr George Kambosos from round one to when it done.
“It’s going to be done six or seven, six or seven, six or seven George and you’re going to sleep in front of all your people, they’re going to watch you snore, they’re going to watch you snore George . You’re going to go to sleep and you’re not even going to be sleepy. You’re just going to wake up in the locker room.”
But Haney will be without his trainer and father Bill, who was denied a visa due to a prior drug conviction from 1992.
“I’m still at home in Vegas. I wasn’t able to board the flight to go over (to Australia)” Bill Haney said on Trill Boxing Talk.
“They said my visa hasn’t been approved. It hasn’t been denied. At this point in time, I wasn’t able to go through customs.
“I do want the world to know, as a dad I’ve prepared Devin for this moment and doing what he does best — showing up and showing out.
“I’ve been preparing him for the day when he will no longer have me. I don’t have my dad, I lost him at the same age Devin is now. It was devastating to lose him, he raised a solid one. I can only hope that all the talks me and Devin has had, that he’s able to remember and to be the man I know that he is.”
Haney senior said he was surprised the Australian government didn’t make more of an effort to approve his visa.
He is still hopeful he might be allowed to travel to Melbourne for the fight, but he is unlikely any decision on his visa approval will be made before the May 21 federal election.
“That was the thing that puzzles me the most,” Haney said.
“I was always upfront in terms of where I come from, being from Oakland where I made some mistakes I don’t want Devin to make. I made some mistakes at 22, 23, where Devin is now and hopefully he don’t ever have to make those mistakes I’ve made.
“Those aren’t the paths he wants to go down. I have a felony on my record that goes back to 1992. A federal drug conviction that I served time on.
“I was open and honest to our partners at Top Rank. Lou DiBella with DiBella Entertainment (Kambosos’s promoter) knew about this as well. We were hoping to get the support from the Australian government pertaining to it.
“Hopefully that will happen in the next day or two, a couple of weeks before the fight that I will be able to go.”
Bill also said Zab Judah’s father Yoel Judah will now head Devin’s corner against Kambosos.
“This is only giving Devin more fuel,” he said.
“The last thing that he said to me is, ‘Pops, if you can’t come I’m beating the s*** out of him’.”
Meanwhile Kambosos, who is of Greek descent, has received a video message from NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, aka “The Greek Freak”, and his brother Thanasis, wishing the Aussie good luck for his fight.
“To our champion George we will be watching and in your corner come June 5th in Melbourne,” Thanasis said in Greek.
“Go hard, play hard champ,” Giannis added.