Jeff Fenech warns George Kambosos Jr that he hasn’t done enough in the ring to be a great boxer: ‘He can hate me, say he’s better than me… You can’t make it from one fight’
- Aussie sporting great Jeff Fenech, 58, has cast doubt on George Kambosos Jr
- Fenech was impressed by his victory over Teofimo Lopez, but wants to see more
- Kambosos Jr (20-0) wins WBC belt as he stuns American fighter Devin Haney (27-0)
- Long-awaited game to be held at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne on Sunday
Australian sports legend Jeff Fenech has warned George Kambosos Jr that he must defeat Devin Haney on Sunday in their highly anticipated WBC lightweight bout to be widely regarded as a great boxer.
Inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 2002, Fenech, 58, was impressed by Kambosos’ impressive win over Teofimo Lopez last November, but was quick to point out that a win doesn’t make a career.
Kambosos, 28, who holds the WBA (Super), IBF and WBO titles, will also secure the WBC title as he stuns American superstar Haney (27-0) at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium in front of 55,000 fans.
Fenech pointed to Buster Douglas, who stunned Mike Tyson in one of the world’s biggest shocks ever in 1990, as a prominent example.
‘What did he (Douglas) do after that? He is remembered for winning one fight,’ he said.
Australian sports legend Jeff Fenech believes George Kambosos Jr must beat Devin Haney on Sunday in their WBC lightweight bout to be widely regarded as a great boxer
Man dubbed the Marrickville Mauler also fears Kambosos (pictured) buying into his own hype after calling himself ‘unbeatable’ and a ‘Spartan warrior’
Kambosos Jr claimed the WBO, WBA and IBF titles with a win over Teofimo Lopez that sent shockwaves across the boxing world last November
“George won one (big) fight against a man (Lopez) who totally underestimated him, who was totally unprepared.”
Fenech, a former WBC featherweight, WBC super bantamweight and IBF bantamweight champion, admitted it was an “amazing achievement” but stressed that it was “important not to get too carried away yet.”
He wasn’t done declaring Kambosos ‘can hate me, or say he’s better than me’ before he wondered why the Sydney-raised Orthodox fighter tends to take his title belts everywhere.
‘I don’t need my own (straps), and you know why? Because when I see people like Mike Tyson or Lennox Lewis, they all honor me, they all know I can fight,” he said. Fox Sports.
“Then you know you made it.”
Kambosos will have many Greek and Australian fans cheering him on at Marvel Stadium on Sunday
Devin Haney could become the youngest undisputed champion in the four-band era with victory over Kambosos in Melbourne
The man dubbed the “Marrickville Mauler” also fears Kambosos is buying into his own hype.
He pointed to Kambosos, who had not yet suffered defeat in 20 professional fights, and stated that he was “unbeatable” and that he labeled himself a modern “Spartan warrior”.
When it comes to the action in the ring, Fenech believes the first few rounds will be crucial.
“If George can take authority early and let Devin fight his battle, George can definitely win,” he said.
“But if he doesn’t, he’s in trouble. When I look at Devin Haney, he reminds me of a young “Sugar” Ray Leonard. He has great skills and they come up once in a while.”