George Kambosos knows Devin Haney well having lost his undisputed lightweight crown to him, and a subsequent fight in 2022. 

Kambosos is in the final stages of preparation for his upcoming contest with Vasiliy Lomachenko on May 11 at the RAC Arena, Perth, Australia. The vacant IBF lightweight world title is on the line. 

Haney, 31-0 (15 KOs), on the other hand, puts his WBC junior welterweight world title on the line against Ryan Garcia, 24-1 (20 KOs), this Saturday, April 20, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with the bout being televised on DAZN pay-per-view. 

Haney traveled to fight Kambosos, 21-2 (10 KOs), in Australia on two occasions and Kambosos was left with a strong and favorable impression of the American. 

Kambosos also believes Garcia is falling into the trap he fell into of selling the fight. 

Kambosos claims his reasons for his antics in the build-up to the Haney fight were purely financial gain. While speaking exclusively to FightHype in an Australian gym, Kambosos shared some of the lessons he learned from losing to Haney ahead of his fight with Lomachenko, 17-3 (11 KOs).

“His antics [Ryan Garcia] are pretty out there,” Kambosos told “People are looking from the outside and are saying, ‘What is wrong with this kid?’ And I think it is affecting how good of a fight this is.”

Garcia has spent a good portion of the build-up to the fight engaging with his followers. It has felt like almost every day he has done live-streaming on various social media platforms – often with absurd antics – while posting bizarre pictures. 

“What’s going to happen in that fight? Devin will win that fight,” predicted Kambosos. “I believe [Devin Haney] will stop [Ryan Garcia], and that is no disrespect. I like Ryan, we have spoken in the past.”

Kambosos stressed that when fighting Haney, you need to remain focused.

Also, Haney has a strong team, headed by his father, Bill Haney, and is a true professional in terms of preparation. Kambosos concluded that Garcia is all over the place leading into a career-defining fight. 

“I think [Garcia] is a good kid – confused at times,” furthered Kambosos. “He is talking about everything.”