Devin Haney is confident he won’t be the recipient of a crooked scorecard or two in his next fight.

The Las Vegas-based WBC lightweight titleholder will hit the road this summer to challenge WBA, WBO, and IBF champion George Kambosos in Kambosos’ homeland of Australia on June 5. Their 12-round undisputed lightweight match will take place at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.

Given the perception – justified or not – that hometown fighters tend to draw the benefit of the doubt from judges, the natural line of thinking is that Haney may be at a possible disadvantage if his fights with Kambosos goes the distance. Moreover, as it pertains to Australia, there is some recent precedent concerning wonky scorecards there. In 2017, at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, the welterweight title bout between Manny Pacquiao and hometown hero Jeff Horn ended controversially, with Horn winning a unanimous decision, to much public outrage.

Haney, however, appeared unbothered when asked about the seemingly high potential for unsavory scorecards in a recent interview. Apparently, Haney had explicitly demanded that extra scrutiny go into the choice of the judges during his talks with Kambosos’ promoter Lou DiBella and Top Rank Inc., whose exclusive television partner, ESPN, will broadcast the fight. If “neutral” judges are not possible, Haney says his team will push to have at least one American judge scoring the fight.

“Here’s how I look at it,” Haney told Cigar Talk. “Robberies happen in the US. A lot of robberies. How many robberies? It’s too many to count. Robberies happen all over no matter where the fight is.

“Me and my team are doing the best to make sure that there’s fair judging, neutral judges, or if it’s not neutral judges, it’s gonna be a US judge and an Australian judge. We gon’ make an even playing field. That was all I demanded. I just want fair judges. I wanted nothing else.”

Haney, 23, has made it clear that he accepted most, if not all, of the demands from Team Kambosos, in order to get the fight, citing his desire to become an undisputed champion in the lightweight division. Per the terms of their agreement, Haney is obligated to give Kambosos, 28, an immediate rematch – in Australia – should Haney win on June 5 and remain at 135. The agreement also required Haney, previously a free agent, to sign a multi-bout contract with Top Rank.

Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) may not have had bargaining power or the leverage to ask for much of anything else – for instance, staging a potential rematch in the United States – but he said he made sure to extract this one concession from Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs).

“You guys can have whatever you want,” Haney said of Team Kambosos. “You guys wanted the bigger lump sum of the money, or you guys wanted to be there (home country) whatever the case may be.

“I just wanted fair judges, I wanted a fair playing ground and that's all.”