When George Kambosos was set to face Teofimo Lopez for three of the 135-pound world titles, he was a 6/1 underdog before pulling off one of the biggest upsets of 2021.

On Saturday night, Kambosos will defend his unified lightweight titles for the first time. And against Devin Haney, Kambosos is taking one of the most difficult opponents he can find.

Kambosos wants the biggest bouts he can get. Former No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko backed out due of the war in Ukraine.

“I could've fought anyone. I could've fought the garbageman outside if I wanted to, but I chose you. You're not my mandatory. I picked you,” Kambosos told Haney during a press conference this week.

“I had to go through every bit of adversity. I had to earn my belts, earned them the hardest way. Not like this guy. He got given a present. I earned mine.

This is basically a pick ‘em fight, and it’s only gotten tighter. Haney is a -154 favorite (bet $154 to win $100), while Kambosos is a +125 underdog (earn $125 on a $100 wager).

Despite his undefeated record, Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs) has been an underdog in his last three fights (including his close victory vs. Lee Selby in 2020).

Kambosos can damage A-list fighters (Haney has been buzzed) and fighting in his home country of Australia will encourage him. I predict a 115-113 decision win.