Moment in George Kambosos’ confrontation with Devin Haney that makes Aussie confident he will win the fight
George Kambosos Jr and his father set the stage when confronting Devin Haney that leaves them convinced they’ve won the pre-fight mind games
- Haney and Kambosos Jr staring lasted about a minute on Friday
- American was the first to break eye contact, said afterwards it ‘means nothing’
- Kambosos Jr said he saw a ‘very timid kid’ when he closed his eyes with the opponent
Devin Haney was the first man to blink and look away when he faced George Kambosos Jr at their press conference on Friday – but that wasn’t the only moment that convinced the Aussie and his father of victory.
Standing right next to his son during the stare-down, Jim Kambosos says the American – who goes into their Sunday fight as a favorite – betrayed his nerves with a facial tic that no one else noticed.
“I saw something very interesting with Devin. That lower jaw of his, I saw a tube in it,” he said after the fighters had gone their separate ways.
‘The longer the gaze lasts, you feel the eyes interlock. I actually saw something there and George later said, “Dad, I saw it too”, he said News Corp†
Haney was the first man to break eye contact during his look at Kambosos on Friday, but that wasn’t the only thing he did that gave the Aussie and his dad a confidence boost
Jim Kambosos (left) said ‘George got him’ after witnessing the couple’s face-off
“The look down tells you who the best dog is. It’s like who has the bigger b***s, really.
“It’s a matter of who turns away first, who shrinks back… I saw it in Devin. George has it.’
Haney did not deny that he was the first to break eye contact when asked about it after taking on his opponent.
‘It’s nothing. All that matters is what happens in the ring on Sunday.”
The reigning WBO lightweight champion has had a less than ideal fight build-up, with his father and trainer Bill being banned from Australia over a previous drug offense conviction.
Haney got a huge boost on Friday when it was announced that his father Bill had been granted a visa to come to Australia for the fight
Kambosos Jr said he saw a ‘very timid kid’ when he got close to Haney
Haney’s camp devised a plan to have his father give him advice through an earpiece between rounds during the fight, but that was shot down by boxing authorities.
However, that all changed on Friday night when it was announced that Bill had been granted a visa to come Down Under and join his son’s corner as a huge boost for the American.
It makes no difference to the Aussie, who displays his usual laser-like focus and high intensity for one of the greatest fights the country has ever seen.
“I saw a very timid boy, nervous, he just wants to do the fight and go home,” he told Fox Sports.