Devin Haney defended his WBC lightweight title with a one-sided unanimous decision win against Joseph Diaz Jr to setup an undisputed clash with George Kambosos Jr.

Haney made the fifth defence of his title against interim titleholder Diaz, with the judges scoring the fight 117-111, 117-111 and 116-112 in the American's favour

'The Dream' capitalised on his seven-inch reach advantage in the opening rounds, keeping Diaz at range to land combinations off his jab.

Diaz was being punished for his high guard as Haney landed hooks and also targeted his opponent's body, but the challenger fired back in the fourth round by landing two good left hands.

Haney was taking control by the midway point, but Diaz was still in the fight as he attempted to rough up the 23-year-old and make it gritty.

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As the fight reached the championship rounds, Haney was using his superior footwork and shot selection to steer the fight in his favour.

Diaz knew he needed a finish in the 12th round and although he appeared to hurt Haney, it wasn't enough and 'The Dream' retained his title.

Kambosos - who won the unified lightweight titles last month against Teofimo Lopez - was watching on from ringside and praised Haney for his performance.

"I'll give him his props, at times he looked very sharp and he boxed brilliant. That's his game, he boxed nicely," Kambosos said.

"Styles make fights and if we can make it happen it's gonna be an exciting fight, but now we can talk."

Kambosos suggested the undisputed clash should take place in his native Australia at Sydney's ANZ Stadium, which has a capacity of 83,000.

But Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn admitted that could be tricky due to current Covid-19 restrictions limiting foreign travel.

"Obviously both (Kambosos and Haney) come off tough fights, Kambosos a tougher fight. Got marked up pretty bad," Hearn said.

"I think realistically we're looking at something around May time. I'd like to see Devin take a nice break and get back in camp maybe early February.

"Also the only other issue we have to resolve is the travelling issue. We'll see what happens with the pandemic, right now we can enter certain parts of Australia with no quarantine."

Haney signed a contract with Hearn's Matchroom in 2019 but is currently on a "fight-to-fight" deal with the promotion.

And Hearn didn't rule out hosting the undisputed fight in America or the Middle East.

"That could change, that could improve. It's about speaking to the Australian government, but we don't rule out doing the fight in America, the Middle East or anywhere," he continued.

"It's the undisputed championship and that's a big pull for many different regions around the world. We'll explore all of those and present them to Devin and Kambosos' team as well."

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