Bill Haney: “Teo Done F*cked The Money Up”
By: Hans Themistode
It was an inevitable collision course. One that Bill Haney, father of WBC lightweight titlist Devin Haney, was looking forward to.
With both his son and former unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez engaging in nonstop trash talk for the past few years, the pair appeared entangled in an upcoming showdown. Yet, before both stars would go on to share the ring with one another, each fighter had business to attend to.
For Haney, the 23-year-old Las Vegas resident is set to defend his crown against whom he describes as the most dangerous fighter of his career in Joseph Diaz. The two will officially square off on December 4th, this upcoming weekend at MGM Grand Garden Arena. But while Haney continues to put the finishing touches on an arduous training camp, both he and his father tuned in with the hopes that Lopez would hold up his end of the bargain first.
At Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York City this past Saturday night, Lopez took on sizable underdog, George Kambosos Jr. Although Lopez predicted an emphatic knockout victory, he was in for the shock of a lifetime. On the night, the Aussie dropped Lopez in the opening round before eking out a close split decision victory.
As Kambosos Jr. now begins life as a unified lightweight champion, Bill Haney can’t help but become irate as mountains upon mountains of money have effectively been flushed down the drain.
“I think Teo done f*cked the money up,” said Haney during an interview with ChampSide. “It’s definitely gut-wrenching because everybody wanted to see that fight with Devin and Teo.”
Though Haney is apoplectic over the lost funds, he’s now turned his direction towards his son and his ambitions of becoming an undisputed world champion. To the delight of the WBC belt holder, Kambosos Jr., immediately following the biggest win of his career, readily admitted that a showdown against Haney is one he craves more than any other.
Those words, unsurprisingly, are music to the ears of both Devin and his father. However, with Diaz standing firmly in his way, Bill doesn’t want his son to focus on anything other than the former world champion.
“Kambosos did great. We look forward to the opportunity but we have to handle our business of course with Jojo Diaz. We can’t look past him.”
With Lopez vs. Haney now appearing to be a thing of the past, Bill is still baffled by what took place this past weekend. As Lopez’s time at the top of the 135-pound mountain top has now come to an end, Bill Haney offers an explanation as to why the now fallen star was knocked off his high horse.
“He looked overconfident and out of shape.”
Bill Haney: “I Just Know That Stylistically, Devin Presents Some Problems For Tank”
By: Hans Themistode
The prevailing thought process in boxing circles is that Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garcia, Gervonta “Tank” Davis, and Shakur Stevenson are future stars in the sport of boxing. Those sentiments are something that Bill Haney, Devin Haney’s father, agrees with.
Unsurprisingly, Bill believes that his son is the cream of the crop. But, of all those aforementioned fighters, he views one as being by far the biggest threat to his offspring and his future goals.
“Tank has always been the most dangerous fighter of those future or possible opponents,” said Bill Haney during an interview with FightHype.com. “Make no mistake about it.”
Recently, Davis only re-enforced the comments of Bill Haney. After dominating the competition at 130 and 135 pounds, the hard-hitting Baltimore native tried his hand at 140 pounds. In his first contest in his new weight division, Davis took on WBA “Regular” belt holder, Mario Barrios.
Despite forfeiting the advantage in the height, reach and weight departments, Davis went on to defeat his much bigger opponent. Any questions of Davis and whether or not his unrelenting power would carry, was immediately answered as he dropped Barrios a total of three times before ultimately picking up the 11th round stoppage win.
The victory may have garnered Davis even more respect in the boxing world, but Bill Haney found his contest against Barrios as essentially inconsequential in how he views the 26-year-old knockout artist.
“I didn’t need to see him against Mario Barrios for me to know that he’s always been the most dangerous.”
If a matchup between Haney and Davis ever materializes, it would be a showdown between two completely different fighters. While Davis has shown off his boxing skills throughout his career, he’s mostly known for leaving his opponents comatose in the ring. On the other side of the equation, Devin Haney has developed into one of the sports pure boxers.
On May 29th, at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, earlier this year, Devin Haney carefully dissected former multiple division titlist, Jorge Linares, to defend his WBC lightweight crown.
Considering Devin’s ability to box and move, Bill believes that his son could present the sort of problems to Davis that he’s yet to see in the ring. But while Bill is unquestionably backing his son in their possible future showdown, he does acknowledge that Davis packs the sort of punch that will leave Devin on his toes and alert at all times.
“I just know that stylistically, Devin presents some problems for Tank, just like Tank presents a great deal of dangerous power to Devin as well.”