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Devin Haney thinks the Aussies are fed up with Kamboso’s Trash Talk Boxing Lightweight title Melbourne

Devin Haney has delivered a brutal sled to Australia’s George Kambosos ahead of their World Cup rematch, saying his opponent’s trash talk is so bad that Australian fans have now hugged him instead.

The defending lightweight champion has returned Down Under for the first time since he dismantled Kambosos in a smooth 12-round performance in front of 40,000 fans at Marvel Stadium.

The American has been keeping a low profile ahead of Sunday’s rematch at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, spending much of his battle camp sleeping on a mattress at his Sydney gym and barely giving media interviews.

Haney says he wasn’t at all surprised after the result of their last fight, suggesting the 29-year-old felt embarrassed by not delivering on any of his pre-fight promises.

“His trash talks played against him,” said the undefeated American.

“Everything he said he would do, he couldn’t do it, he didn’t do it and it worked against him.

“I feel like Australia has accepted me as one of their own.

“George made it easier for Australia to cling to me.

“He’s a little quiet this time. I don’t know if it’s something strategic or what, but at the end of the day I will do what I do whether he speaks out loud or not.

“Anything I said I would do in the first fight I did.”

Many boxing pundits and fans agree the Australian has only one puncher chance against Haney – who jab-demolished Kambosos to make history as the first man to unify the lightweight division in the four-belt era.

And the 23-year-old believes it’s going to continue because he’s simply the better fighter.

“I’ve polished my tools since the first fight,” Haney said.

“I’m ready for whatever George brings to the table.

“This time I will be a better version. I’m going to beat him because it’s part of the game, George wants what I have and that’s the belts.

“Kambosos have a solid team but on the night I was the better fighter and on October 16 it will be no different.”

Kambosos claims he was silent this time around because the rematch “sells itself” and he’s confident he’s made all the necessary changes to get his belts back.

“This time it will be sweeter to get her back and become a two-time undisputed champion,” Kambosos told the Herald.

“This is a serious legacy, not just in Australian boxing but in world boxing. It gives me goosebumps, that’s why I’m so motivated. ‘

“The fire is burning. I can’t wait to get in there. I’ve been patient, but I’m also fighting all the way. This is a legacy.”

It was also announced on Wednesday that Kambosos will not have his American trainer Javiel Centeno with him for Sunday’s fight.

‘Ferocious’ has reunited with his original Aussie trainer Chris Bakis, who will stand in his corner at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.

Bakis is a highly respected trainer and was with Kambosos in the first 14 fights of his career that yielded Australian and Oceanian lightweight titles.

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