Eddie Hearn believes that both George Kambosos Jr. and Devin Haney are keen to make an undisputed lightweight match-up but no deal is imminent.
Kambosos Jr. holds the WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight belts as well as the WBC ‘franchise’ strap, while Haney is the WBC champion, meaning that he stands in the way of the Australian claiming to be undisputed at 135lbs.
Teofimo Lopoez had no qualms making that boast but there continued to be dissent over his status, and with Lopez moving up to 140lbs - if not further up the scales - there is nobody standing in the way of making the biggest fight in the division right now.
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Kambosos is keen to bring Haney to Australia for a fight on home soil, and Haney has now taken the Covid-19 vaccine to meet the country’s immigration requirements without falling into the same situation experienced by Novak Djokovic ahead of the Australian Open.
Speaking on the DAZN Boxing Show, Hearn said that no deal had been finalised but that it is seen by the logical next step, and can be done.
“It’s not announced, there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes,” he said. “It’s not even an offer but I think Kambosos wants to fight, Haney wants to fight. It’s the natural fight. It's not close to being signed. There’s a deal that’s been discussed that could get this made. From our side, we’ve got a model we think works.
“There's a lot of revenue that goes into this pot. George Kambosos’ deal will be worked out with Lou DiBella. We’re all working collectively to make this happen.”
Of Devin Haney, Hearn suggested that the long-term view is to make sure the deal gets over the line to maximise the potential earnings that come from being undisputed.
“Devin Haney, the kid’s smart, he’s made a lot of money. He understands the importance of this fight for his career. If you believe you win this fight, don’t price yourself out.
“You win this, you’re undisputed and done it on foreign soil, you become a superstar overnight.”