Boxing world title: George Kambosos strips naked, still comes in heavy


Drama erupted at the weigh-in for George Kambosos Jr. and Devin Haney’s world title fight as the Aussie champion failed to make weight even after stripping naked.

A vocal crowd at Margaret Court Arena was clearly pro-Kambosos, hurling abuse and booing Haney as he was announced to those in attendance. By contrast, the Aussie was given a hero’s welcome, especially by the large Greek contingent in the crowd.

Amid the boos and jeers, the 23-year-old American Haney was first on the scales and made weight easily.

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But drama erupted when Kambosos stepped up. As he played up to the crowd, the 28-year-old looked as confident as ever. After stripping down to his jocks and failing his first weigh-in, Haney began jawing at his rival.

“I said he ain’t s**t,” Haney recalled, when asked by MC Warren Smith what words were exchanged.

“He didn’t make weight. I’m a true champion and true champions make weight.”

It was just the first of several heated clashes on Saturday morning.

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After the pair were separated, the towels came out as Kambosos stripped naked in order to reduce his weight as much as possible by getting rid of his underpants.

But despite this, he weighed in at 135.36 pounds — 0.36 pounds (that’s 163g) over the lightweight limit.

Kambosos has two hours to lose the weight and weigh-in again, meaning he has until 12.30pm AEST to cut the required weight.