December 4, 2023

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Bill Haney gets Australian travel visa

Lightweight champion boxer Devin Haney is “beside himself in joy,” ahead of his undisputed title fight Sunday against Australian boxer George Kambosos.

But his jubilation is about more than the bout.

The Australian government granted Haney’s father, Bill, a temporary visa allowing him to work in his son’s corner for Sunday’s fight in Melbourne, Australia. 

The elder Haney had initially been denied a travel visa due to a conviction and 40-month U.S. prison stay 30 years ago. Bill was indicted three decades ago for his involvement in a cocaine conspiracy case. Over the last two months, he and fight promoters worked  feverishly to get the visa denial lifted.

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Fight promoter Lou DiBella told USA TODAY Sports+ that after Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party won the election on May 23, the previously unbending government travel stance eased.