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Sharing a combined 47 wins, 25 knockouts, no defeats and all four lightweight world titles, George Kambosos Jr and Devin Haney collide next weekend in an historic undisputed clash that will shape the 135lb division.
They do so Down Under, in Australia, which gets set for its biggest fight since Manny Pacquaio vs Jeff Horn in 2017, perhaps the biggest fight in its history, with over 50,000 fans cramming into the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.
The fight arrives on their fight-hungry shores after Aussie Kambosos Jr sent shockwaves around the boxing world last November by defeating Teofimo Lopez, in New York, in one of the upsets of the year.
George Kambosos Jr returns to Australia after becoming the unified lightweight champion
He takes on WBC champion Devin Haney in an historic undisputed fight which will shape the division
Kambosos Jr came into that fight as the overwhelming underdog, with Lopez - who had the year prior claimed a stunning win over Vasyl Lomachenko - insisting he would get the job done within the first three-minute stanza.
That proved not to be the case, however, as it was he who found himself on the deck in round one. And though scoring a knockdown of his own in round 10, he was the deserved loser of the split-decision result - however much he protested otherwise in the immediate aftermath.
'I come to every country and I take them out, one-by-one,' Kambosos proudly stated upon his famous win - one he insisted cemented his place as the best Australian fighter in history.
Star names Lomachenko, Haney, Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia and Shakur Stevenson all immediately signalled their interest in a match-up against Kambosos Jr, but, this time, the Aussie insisted that the show would not be taken on the road.
Some six months later and we are now only days away from the Melbourne match-up, with just a ninth undisputed champion in the four-belt era set to be crowned. Kambosos Jr brings his WBA, WBO and IBF titles into the bout, while Haney puts his WBC strap on line.
Of course, it was Lomachenko who was initially the favourite to take on Kambosos Jr in the Australian's first defence of his newly-claimed jewels, before the Ukrainian was forced to remove himself from the running, returning to his homeland to fight against Vladimir Putin's forces amid the ongoing Russian invasion.
Kambosos Jr shocked the world last November with a famous victory over Teofimo Lopez
Lopez insisted he won the fight in the immediate aftermath but the marks on his face said otherwise
Vasyl Lomachenko was set to fight Kambosos Jr but he was forced to give up the opportunity, as he returned to Ukraine to help fight against the Russian invasion
Kambosos Jr showed incredible fortitude of his own prior to his win over Lopez, having lost his grandfather just two months before the clash.
He didn't even take a day off on the day his grandfather, George Sr, died - remarkably the same day as his partner Bec Pereira gave birth to their third child.
The 28-year-old - who says he knew Lopez couldn't break him after going through such hardship - now insists he's physically and mentally in a much better place going into the biggest fight of his career.
'I'm 100 times a better fighter,' he told the Sydney Morning Herald. 'Physically bigger, stronger, more explosive. What I did after the Lopez fight, I sat down with my team and said, "How do I get better?"
'So we started lifting heavier, we started doing more explosive work, we started boxing different angles, fighting southpaw, orthodox, doing all these things to get better and better.
'I've been entrenched in creating my legacy; training and fighting the best of the best, beating the best of the best.'
While Kambosos Jr is now in a better head space, it's Haney who will have the demons to overcome, with his father - who is also his trainer - unable to travel with him to Australia.
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