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‘Trying to start a rumble’: Dads clash in post-fight mayhem

Devin Haney’s father has been accused of “wanting to start a rumble” after Saturday afternoon’s blockbuster fight at Marvel Stadium.

Bill Haney, the father and lead trainer of undisputed lightweight champion Devin, has been accused of “wanting to start a rumble” after Saturday afternoon’s blockbuster fight at Marvel Stadium.

Devin Haney comfortably defeated Australia’s George Kambosos via unanimous decision in Melbourne and will return home with the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF belts.

It’s the first time the lightweight division has been united in the four-belt era.

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But after Haney’s triumph, his father became embroiled in a heated altercation with Jim Kambosos, the father of George, forcing promoter Lou DiBella to intervene.

According to reports, Haney yelled at Kambosos’ camp in the ring: “Be respectful. Be respectful.”

Bill had only been granted a visa to enter the country 24 hours earlier because of a 1992 drug conviction.

Although there was bad blood between their parents, Haney and Kambosos had nothing but respect for one another after the bout.

The 28-year-old’s team handed their belts over after the decision was confirmed, with Haney showering his Australian rival with praise.

“This is a dream come true. I knew this was a big moment,” Haney said after the triumph.

“It would have hurt me to win this without my dad so I‘m glad he was here in my corner.

“I was comfortable. I was sticking to the game plan to hit and not get hit.

“I fought a smart fight.

“I handicapped him of his best things. He wanted to land the overhand right and he couldn‘t hit with me with his left hook either.”

“If the next fight happens, I will be back.”

Kambosos, who has a rematch clause with a potential sequel to take place on Australian shores, vowed to avenge his loss later this year.

“He didn‘t want to come to fight too much, I have to change a few things and I will get him back later this year,” he said.

“It‘s amazing for the sport. I wanted to take the biggest test and he gets my full respect.

“At the end of the day, not many wanted to fight him, but I fought him.

“I landed a few shots, but he had a smart game plan and did what he had to do to win.

“He got the decision and respect to him.”

Originally published as ‘Trying to start a rumble’: Dads clash in post-fight mayhem

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