George Kambosos Jr insists he can beat Devin Haney after confirming that he has activated his rematch clause to face the American champion again.
Kambosos Jr was comprehensively beaten on points earlier this month in front of a 40,000+ crowd at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, as Haney ripped away the WBA ‘super’, WBO, IBF and WBC ‘franchise’ belts, adding to his WBC title to become undisputed lightweight champion.
‘Ferocious’ has returned to the gym and has revealed that he has activated his rematch clause to face ‘The Dream’ again, with three cities in play to host the second fight.
“Yes, the rematch is happening, 100 percent. I have activated the rematch clause,” Kambosos told NewsCorp.
“The Emperor is dead, but Ferocious is still alive and I will be back.
“We haven’t finalised a venue. There’s options for Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
“It will be in Australia which is great. I know I can win a rematch. I will make some changes and this is my destiny to show how great I am and get those belts back.”
Kambosos Jr shocked the world by dethroning Teofimo Lopez in November with a split decision victory in New York to become unified lightweight champion.
The 29-year-old struggled to impose himself on Haney, who comfortably outboxed the Australian over the course of the 12 rounds.
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Despite the one-sided nature of the first meeting, the former champion, who will likely head in a sizeable underdog in the rematch, is convinced that he can pull off a shock victory when the pair meet again.
“I know I can beat Haney,” he added.
“My confidence hasn’t been broken. On the day, Ferocious wasn’t at his best. I was just off a touch, but no excuses.
“He did what he had to do with his jab, he is a smart operator but I have to be smarter at my game plan next time.
“I am blessed to get the shot again and not many Australian boxers can say they’ve had three world title fights in a row.
“I shocked Lopez to win the belts, I lost them to Haney but now I will be working on a game plan to get the belts back. I have the eye of the tiger again.”