George Kambosos has scoffed at suggestions he’s had anything to do with the ongoing visa issues of Devin Haney’s father and lead trainer Bill ahead of their undisputed lightweight title bout next month.
Kambosos (20-0) and Haney (27-0) are each looking to become the first undisputed champion at 135-pounds in the four-belt era when they meet at Marvel Stadium on June 5th. Haney however will have to do it without two key members of his corner, after his father, on account of a prior drug conviction, as well as trainer Ben Davison, both failed to secure travel visas. As it stands, Yoel Judah, the father of two-weight world champion Zab Judah, will instead be in Haney’s corner for the fight.
Some of Haney’s fans have since accused the Kambosos camp of foul play, suggesting they played a part in Bill Haney’s visa issue. “That whole situation is really out of my control. I don’t run the government here. I’m not the Prime Minister here,” Kambosos told Sporting News. “I’ve tried to show some support and see if we can get him in but, at the end of the day, I don’t make them decisions.
“It is what it is. You signed up to fight in Australia and unfortunately, if there is a conviction back in the day, then they’re going to take the time with the visa. “Let’s hope he gets in and let’s hope everything goes to plan because there’ll be many excuses.” Kambosos, 28, also confirmed team Haney had made a request for the Aussie boxer to use a different corner in order to “level the playing field.”