George Kambosos Jr. On Devin Haney: “I’ll Bet You When He Looks At Himself In The mirror, He Knows That He Didn’t Earn That Belt”
By: Hans Themistode
When Teofimo Lopez did the unthinkable by defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko in October of 2020, most of the boxing world viewed him as the undisputed lightweight champion. As of late, however, Lopez is being regarded as a unified champion instead. When Lopez upset the odds against the Ukrainian, his IBF title – along with Lomachenko’s WBA, WBO and WBC “Franchise” belt was on the line.
While Mauricio Sulaiman, President of the WBC has come out and said that Lopez is, in fact, the undisputed champion, he has also contradicted himself on numerous occasions as he admits Devin Haney is the WBC full champion.
Despite the ever confusing situation in the lightweight division, 135-pound contender George Kambosos Jr. is firmly behind Lopez. In the Australian’s opinion, Haney can scream until he’s blue in the face all he wants, unless he goes into the ring and actually defeats Teofimo Lopez, Kambosos Jr. will view his title reign as a fraudulent one.
“He (Lopez) is the undisputed champion,” said Kambosos Jr. during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “He has every single belt. When we fight it’ll be for every single belt. Lomachenko had the WBC belt, obviously, they decided to make a franchise title which is like a super title, a super belt, just like the WBA has. He moved on to that title but he (Lopez) beat the guy who was the WBC champ, Lomachenko.”
Although Haney claims that he wanted to earn his world title by facing Lomachenko as opposed to it being handed to him, Kambosos Jr. believes the Las Vegas resident took the easy way out.
“Devin Haney never fought for the title, never won the belt properly. He was interim champion or silver champion whatever he was. Then, all of sudden he got an email, or a Gmail, or a Yahoo mail or whatever you want to call it and he became a world champion. If that was me, I would’ve put the email in spam and I ain’t accepting it, I like to earn things. Even if I don’t become a world champion, I would rather know that I gave it my all and no one gave it to me.”
Currently, Kambosos Jr. is in the midst of training camp as he prepares to take on Lopez sometime this coming summer. The supremely confident undefeated contender wants to be addressed as the undisputed champion if he hands Lopez the first defeat of his career.
Win, lose or draw – Kambosos Jr. is very comfortable with the man he’ll be staring at when he looks in the mirror. As for Haney, Kambosos Jr. doesn’t believe he can say the same.
“Devin Haney is parading different. He thinks he’s the full champion but I’ll bet you when he looks at himself in the mirror, he knows that he didn’t earn that belt.”
Teofimo Lopez Believes A Win Over Jorge Linares For Devin Haney Will Lead To Their Showdown
By: Hans Themistode
When Teofimo Lopez defied the odds by defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko in October of 2020, not only did he drape his shoulders with lightweight gold but he also believes he earned his stripes.
Most observers believed the former two-time Olympic Gold medalist would be too much for the Brooklyn, New York native. Those thoughts, of course, proved to be erroneous as Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) built an early lead in their contest before ultimately holding on for the win.
Following his victory, it didn’t take long before WBC titlist Devin Haney began urging Lopez to take him on. Although he’s interested in making the fight happen, Lopez believes Haney must pick up a notable win first.
With Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) now scheduled to take on former multiple division champion Jorge Linares in May, Lopez believes that with a win over him, Haney will have earned the right to fight him next.
“I’m looking forward to Devin Haney winning,” said Lopez during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “That’s who I want to win so that we can make the matchup happen.”
While Lopez believes that a win for Haney will push him towards the front of the line in terms of a title shot, he isn’t fully convinced that a victory for his rival is a forgone conclusion.
“No,” said Lopez when asked if he would be surprised if Linares won. “It’s boxing man anything can happen. I think it’s a step up for Devin even though Jorge Linares is a little more outdated. However, it’s a step up. We’ll see what Devin Haney brings to the table.”
Regardless of what Haney does against Linares, Lopez knows good and well that he has his own business to take care of as well.
The unified lightweight titlist is scheduled to take on mandatory challenger George Kambosos Jr. in either late May or early June. The Sydney Australia native earned his shot at Lopez after compiling an undefeated record through 19 fights. Most recently, the 27-year-old defeated Lee Selby to solidify his position.
In terms of where their contest will take, Miami Florida has emerged as the most likely destination.
Devin Haney On Vasiliy Lomachenko: “There’s Different Ways That He Can Be Beat
By: Hans Themistode
Devin Haney hasn’t signed his name to any contracts just yet, but he knows a showdown against former multiple division champion Jorge Linares is most likely next for him.
Currently, both sides are locked in negotiations with May being floated around as the target date. With Haney’s resume shallow in terms of elite-level opponents, the WBC lightweight titlist has welcomed a showdown against Linares with open arms. But while he’s locked in on the former champion, he is still holding out hope that a certain Ukrainian sneaks in through the backdoor.
“Jorge Linares is the frontrunner,” said Haney during an interview with FightHype. “But I’m still looking forward to hopefully making a fight with Loma (Lomachenko).”
Over the past few weeks, both Haney and Lomachenko have thrown jabs at one another over social media. Although it is unlikely, both sides have agreed to take each other on in May. Yet, they appear to be heading in opposite directions.
Haney (25-0, 15 KOs), as previously mentioned, is deep in negotiations with Linares. As for Lomachenko, promoter Bob Arum recently claimed that he is interested in matching him up against Masayoshi Nakatani.
Haney though, is hoping that they will simply fight each other instead. While his interest in facing Lomachenko has somewhat waned since the Ukrainians defeat at the hands of Teofimo Lopez just a few months ago, Haney still believes that a showdown between them would be nothing short of box-office.
“I’m happy that he finally acknowledged me and interested in fighting me. It sucks that now it comes after he takes a loss. I would rather it happen when he was on top but at the end of the day, a fight with Loma would still be huge and a fight that I would welcome.”
Lomachenko, 33, was thoroughly outboxed when he was last seen in the ring against Lopez. At the time, most pegged him as the best fighter in the world. Fast forward to today however, and Lomachenko is attempting to repair his once unbeatable image.
For what it’s worth, Haney still has a tremendous amount of respect for the former two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. But with now two losses straddled to his docket, Haney views him as vulnerable. At one point, there was seemingly only one game plan to defeat him. In 2014 in only his second pro fight, former world champion Orlando Salido handed Lomachenko the first loss of his career.
The crafty veteran pulled out every trick in the book, including what many felt was a few dirty ones as he roughed up Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) on his way to the victory. Now, with Lopez providing a different game plan to beating him, Haney believes the book on beating Lomachenko is out for the entire public to see.
“Teofimo did lay another blueprint on how to beat Loma. It just shows that there’s different ways that he can be beat.”
Vasiliy Lomachenko To Devin Haney: “You Still Haven’t Fought With Anyone, I’m Waiting For You Cowards”
By: Hans Themistode
The moment Vasiliy Lomachenko fell from his pound-for-pound throne, the criticism has come in waves.
In what many believed would be another routine win, Lomachenko found Teofimo Lopez a much more complex puzzle to solve when the two battled it out with all of the lightweight marbles on the line in mid-October 2020.
Watching Lomachenko fall was a surprise to just about everyone. But even more of a shock is, outside of a handful of interviews, how he has virtually disappeared since the defeat. Amongst those wondering where Lomachenko has gone, is WBC lightweight champion, Devin Haney.
“Where the f*ck is Loma at?” Said Haney on his Twitter account.
Despite having close to 200,000 thousand followers on Twitter, Lomachenko seldom uses social media. This time around though, he took the time to address Haney on his own personal account.
“I’m here!” Said Lomachenko. “I’m waiting for you cowards to decide on a real fight and not on Twitter.”
For Haney, he’s heard the same thing over and over throughout the course of his short career. The talent is obvious but the names he’s fought up until this point have been underwhelming. The Las Vegas resident has called for matchups against Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis, Teofimo Lopez and of course, Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Yet, no matter how loud he screams for any of the big-name fighters to face him, they have all seemingly ignored him. With no marquee wins under his belt, Lomachenko is convinced that Haney is simply all bark but no bite.
“Waiting is your favorite action,” continued Lomachenko. “You still haven’t fought with anyone.”
Ironically enough, Haney was once the mandatory challenger to face Lomachenko when he held the WBC title. Although the 22-year-old planned on facing him, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman had other ideas in mind as he stripped Lomachenko of his title and instead, gifted him with the Franchise tag, a new and still confusing term fans are trying to wrap their heads around.
With the WBC title now vacant, Haney, who was the interim belt holder, was then elevated to full champion. Since then, he’s gone on to defeat journeymen Alfredo Santiago and the long-faded former multiple division champion Yuriokis Gamboa.
He may won have every single round against both fighters but Lomachenko doesn’t appear to be impressed. In fact, fighters such as Lopez have said that Haney is nothing more than an email champion since his title reign began with an email notifying him that he had become a full belt holder.
Helping him in his efforts to shut up the doubters could be former multiple division champion Jorge Linares. Both camps are currently locked in negotiations for an April clash.
As for Lomachenko, he appears to have his eyes on Haney. Those plans however, could be forced to wait as promoter Bob Arum has already said that he plans on matching up Lomachenko with top contender Masayoshi Nakatani who is coming off an upset win over once highly touted prospect Felix Verdejo.
Jorge Linares: “Come On Devin Let’s Do This, Don’t Run Like Ryan”
By: Hans Themistode
With reports circulating that Devin Haney vs Jorge Linares could happen in just a few short months, the former multiple division titlist appears to be all for it.
“Come on Devin let’s do this,” said Linares on his Twitter account. “Don’t run like Ryan.”
Linares, 35, is still under the belief that current WBC lightweight interim titlist Ryan Garcia, avoided him like the plague. While the two were originally on a collision course, Garcia opted to face Luke Campbell instead, a man Linares already defeated several years ago.
Garcia’s performance against Campbell proved to be a career-defining moment as he picked himself up off the canvas before ultimately stopping his man.
Although Linares could continue his pursuit of Garcia, he has seemingly focused his attention on Haney and his WBC title.
According to an earlier report by Mike Coppinger, the two could be headed towards an April clash. For Haney, news of facing Linares would be music to his ears as he has long been hoping to face one of the bigger names at 135 pounds.
A pandemic stricken 2020 may have limited Linares to only one ring appearance, a fourth-round knockout over Carlos Morales, but he would still be considered far and away the best opponent Haney has ever faced in his young career.
In short, the Las Vegas, resident is still attempting to prove his worth to the boxing world.
Since becoming an official world champion in late 2019, Haney has fought his critics outside of the ring. Most of his naysayers are under the impression that the budding star is simply all talk and doesn’t deserve to be labeled a champion due to the circumstances in which his belt was acquired.
After winning the interim version of the WBC title by stopping Zaur Abdullaev in the fourth in early 2019, Haney became the mandatory challenger to then full titleholder, Vasiliy Lomachenko. But while he pushed for a contest between them to materialize, Haney was instead gifted the full title as Lomachenko was elevated to Franchise Champion, a confusing new status introduced by President of the sanctioning body, Mauricio Sulaiman.
Since being handed the belt, Haney has defended it on two separate occasions. First, against fringe contender Alfredo Santiago, then, against long-faded former champion Yuriokis Gamboa.
Despite the fact that nothing has been officially announced, Linares appears to signal that their deal is much closer to becoming a reality than many realize.
“Big news is coming.”
Devin Haney vs Jorge Linares In The Works For April 17th
By: Hans Themistode
Devin Haney has seemingly run out of names to call out for his next ring appearance. The WBC lightweight titlist has asked for matches against Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia and of course, undisputed champion Teofimo Lopez. None however, have decided to take him up on his offer.
With most in the boxing world still asking the 22-year-old to go out and prove himself before landing a big opportunity, Haney has seemingly taken their advice.
As first reported by Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, Haney and former multiple division titlist Jorge Linares are currently working behind the scenes on a showdown. If finalized, their contest would take place on April 17th.
For Haney, stepping into the ring against someone the caliber of Linares is exactly what the doctor ordered. Despite holding an undefeated record and regardless of having a world title draped over his shoulders, Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) is mostly viewed as an unproven commodity.
Most of those thoughts stem from Haney’s lack of upper-echelon competition. In his last ring appearance, Haney defended his title for the second time against long-faded former champion Yuriokis Gamboa. While many were expecting Haney to get rid of his man early, Haney was forced to settle for a unanimous decision victory.
Although Gamboa managed to win only a single round, considering how he was coming off a ruptured Achilles and is 39 years of age, Haney’s performance was regarded as mediocre.
In Linares, despite the fact that he is 35-years-old, he would be viewed as the most accomplished and most dangerous fighter Haney has ever faced.
The Venezuela native might be considered a top contender at 135 pounds but he is currently battling inactivity as he hasn’t fought for over a year. Before sitting on the sidelines, Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) was in the midst of a two-fight win streak. With that said, the former multiple division titlist was stopped in the first round against Pablo Cesar Cano as he attempted to move up in weight in early 2019.
Outside of that speed bump, Linares was credited for putting on what many described as a career-best performance against pound-for-pound star, Vasiliy Lomachenko in May of 2018. On the night in question, Linares dropped his man in the sixth round and mostly fought on even terms before ultimately succumbing to a tenth-round stoppage defeat.
Teofimo Lopez On Devin Haney: “I Gotta Give Him That Work”
By: Hans Themistode
Teofimo Lopez hasn’t stopped smiling for a very long time. The undefeated Brooklyn, New York native is fresh off becoming the youngest undisputed world champion in boxing history with his October upset win over Vasiliy Lomachenko.
The praise following his victory has come from all corners of the globe. However, Devin Haney has continually called for Lopez to stop avoiding him and step into the ring. For the most part, Lopez has ignored him as he works on a deal with mandatory challenger George Kambosos Jr. With that being said, Lopez has heard enough of the nonstop trash talk coming from team Haney.
“Talking too much shit,” said Lopez on the Ak and Barak Show. “I can’t do it, I gotta give it to him, I gotta give him that work, man. I gotta press him. And that’s all, man. That’s just really it, man. I’m the type of person that I have a lot of pride and my ego gets in the way sometimes. So, if Kambosos doesn’t get involved with the whole mandatory, if the thing falls – like I said, since he’s my mandatory, that’s the only reason why we’re still talking about Kambosos. But we’re already in talks – this week we’re gonna be talking to Eddie Hearn. And like I said, man, let’s see what happens from there.”
For the 22-year-old Haney, his issues with Lopez derive from his supposed undisputed claim. With the WBC lightweight title currently wrapped around his waist, Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) is under the impression that Lopez’s WBC Franchise belt shouldn’t allow him to call himself the undisputed champion at 135 pounds.
Regardless of Haney’s belief, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has stated on numerous occasions that Lopez is without question the undisputed lightweight champion.
While Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) could simply turn a blind eye to Haney’s perpetual call outs, the 23-year-old would rather shut his mouth instead. If talks between mandatory challenger in Kambosos Jr. break down at any point or, if he would be willing to accept a step aside deal, Lopez wants Haney next. If, in fact, both lightweight champions are able to reach a bout agreement, Lopez wishes to warn Haney to be careful of what he wishes for.
“I think it got to the point where I’m just fed up,” Lopez said. “Me and my pops, we’re fed up. And I just said, ‘Man, let’s press this dude. I don’t care what it’s gotta take.’ You know, I’m gonna respect the fact that Kambosos is my mandatory. We’re gonna work on that part, because I’ve gotta get that part first. But if things go south, like I said, man, Devin, be ready, my man, because I’m gonna f–k you up! Straight up!”
William Haney, Father Of Devin Haney, Details Sparring Session Between His Son And Floyd Mayweather: “Floyd Didn’t Touch Him And Devin Touched Floyd Up”
By: Hans Themistode
The clips have become legendary. A jam-packed boxing gym crowded around one singular sparring session. They hoot, holler and bang on the ring apron as two fighters battle it out for what seems like forever.
It’s the dog house in the Mayweather boxing gym. Under normal sparring sessions rules, the two boxers are timed, receive water breaks and instructions from their coaching staff. Those rules however, are thrown completely out of the window in Mayweather’s home away from home.
No matter who enters the ring, one thing is clear, Mayweather is the king of the ring. Nevertheless, his aforementioned crown was ripped away from him the moment he sparred with WBC lightweight belt holder Devin Haney.
“He was in there with Floyd,” said William Haney, father of Devin Haney, as he described a supposed sparring match between the two on Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast hosted by rapper Gillie Da King. “Nobody wanna talk about it but it was right before the Conor McGregor fight, he was like 17 or 18 and Floyd couldn’t touch him. Listen, Floyd didn’t touch him and Devin touched Floyd up.”
For Mayweather, he’s not only become known for the zero plastered on the loss column of his 50 fight career, but he’s also known for handing his opponents in sparring sessions a one-sided beating. Due to the secrecy always affiliated with sparring, fighters often refrain from speaking upon it. Phrases such as “it was good work,” or “he helped me get better,” permeate throughout boxing circles.
With that being said, there are moments where sparring sessions are glorified and discussed openly. In early 2013, current unified welterweight champion in Errol Spence Jr. was given the opportunity to face Mayweather.
At the time, Spence Jr. was nothing more than a prospect with a 4-0 record with a ton of potential. Rumors of the two going tit for tat during their session have been widely told. From what has been reported on numerous occasions, Spence Jr. gained Mayweather’s respect with how well he performed.
At times, Spence Jr. supposedly got the better of the former pound for pound star, however, Mayweather of course, left a lasting impression of his own. In the case of his sparring encounter with Haney however, William mentions that it was completely one-sided.
In most cases, sparring is nothing more than a way for both fighters to get better. Nothing more, nothing less. Yet according to William, his son’s time in the ring with Mayweather wasn’t simply about them working on their craft. No, for the Haney’s it was a passing of the torch.
“When Errol Spence got out on Floyd, Floyd called him back and Floyd got back out on him. Now, whether it be due to age or whatever, that was a defining moment in both Devin and Floyd to understand that there was a real changing and passing of the guard. On that particular night, in the dog house, it was like Devin had graduated.”
For Devin Haney, he won’t dispute anything that his father spewed. Instead, he merely was appreciative of the time spent in the ring with the newly elected hall of famer.
“For me personally, I just thank Floyd for even giving me the opportunity to say that I’ve been in the ring with him,” explained Devin Haney. “Even though it was at the end of his career, just for me to be able to say I sparred Floyd. He didn’t have to do that. I was a young kid and he was somebody that I always looked up to and someone that I always watched.”
The experience that Devin received from Mayweather is something that William cherishes as well. Nonetheless, the long time trainer watched the career of Mayweather unfold for years and at no point has he allowed anyone to receive the upper hand on him. In the case of his sparring session with Haney though, William believes that Mayweather could do nothing but sit back and accept the punishment that his son dished out to him on that faithful day.
“I know he would’ve whipped your ass if he could. Floyd is no punk and no sucker so he’s not letting nobody do what I saw you do to him.”
Devin Haney Questions Vasiliy Lomachenko: “Do You Deserve A Shot Right Now? I Don’t Know How He’s Still On The Pound For Pound List”
By: Hans Themistode
Vasiliy Lomachenko is currently pounding away at the heavy bag and working on his craft. The former unified lightweight titlist is still disappointed in the outcome of his undisputed showdown with Teofimo Lopez but he is attempting to work his way back to the number one spot in the division.
On numerous occasions, Lopez has regurgitated that he will not give Lomachenko a rematch. With the possibility of regaining his world titles off the table, current WBC belt holder Devin Haney could become a target. However, it seems as though Haney is holding onto a grudge that he has with the Ukrainian and isn’t fully ready to let it go.
“I remember a time when Loma wouldn’t even say my name,” said Haney on the Ak and Barak Show. “I was his mandatory and he wouldn’t say my name and would act like I didn’t exist. So it’s like do I even want to give you a shot right now? Or do I want to fight one of these young guys that are actually speaking my name and throwing my name in the hat. At one point, Loma wouldn’t even throw me in the hat of guys.”
For 22-year-old Haney, he was in fact the mandatory challenger to Lomachenko’s WBC crown. Despite that, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman introduced the term “Franchise Champion.” That in turn would elevate Haney to full belt holder. While he appreciated his first world title, it wasn’t the way he envisioned it would happen.
With Lomachenko now beltless, Haney believes the chips are now stacked in his favor. As far as how he views the former multiple division champion, unlike most, Haney doesn’t have him pegged anywhere near his pound for pound list. With that said, the Las Vegas, resident has several questions he would love the Ukrainian to answer.
“He would act like I didn’t even exist. So do I really want to give you a shot? Do you deserve a shot right now and I don’t know how he’s still on the pound for pound list.”
Teofimo Lopez: “We Talking About Devin Haney Next”
By: Hans Themistode
Teofimo Lopez walks past his trophy collection every day. While inside may hold four major world titles, one of those aforementioned titles has brought about confusion.
When Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) dethroned former unified lightweight titlist Vasiliy Lomachenko in mid-October of 2020, the Brooklyn native was officially tagged as an undisputed world champion. Be that as it may, with Lomachenko in possession of the WBC “Franchise” title, as opposed to the full title held by Devin Haney, fans have called for the pair to end the confusion and face each other in the ring.
While Lopez believes he is clearly the undisputed king of the lightweight division, he’s heard the calls from the fans and is willing to give them what they want.
“You know I’m undisputed already,” said Lopez during an Instagram live video. “But if y’all wanna see that we gonna give it to y’all.”
Haney, 22, has called the undisputed title reign of Lopez a fraudulent one. With that said, many have pointed to how the Las Vegas resident actually acquired his championship status. After making quick work of previously undefeated Zaur Abdullaev via fourth-round stoppage in early 2019, Haney picked up the WBC interim title for his efforts.
All along, Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) planned on using his newly won trinket as a tool to lure then full champion Vasiliy Lomachenko into a mandated contest against him. Those plans though, were immediately thrown out of the window as WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman designated Lomachenko as the newly appointed “Franchise,” champion. A designation he would then lose the moment he lost to Lopez.
Haney on the other hand, was elevated to full champion status via email. It wasn’t exactly how the 22-year-old pictured winning his first world title, but he has since defended his crown twice and wears it proudly.
While Haney firmly believes that he is in fact the WBC champion, he has offered to face Lopez to end any confusion.
At first, a bout between the pair seemed unrealistic. With Haney needing to deal with not one, but two mandatory challengers in Ryan Garcia and Javier Fortuna, along with Lopez having his own obligations in George Kambosos Jr., their highly anticipated showdown was thought to be nothing more than a pipe dream.
Ultimately, the road to their undisputed matchup might be covered with mandatories left and right, but for Lopez, he is currently attempting to bypass his imperative title defense against Kamsosos Jr., and forge straight ahead to a matchup with Haney.
“We talking about Devin Haney next. As long as we get everything sorted out with my mandatory, move that to the side then we can get Devin Haney next.”
Gary Russell Jr On Devin Haney’s Recent Performance: “Jump In That Water With Me And You Will Get Eaten Alive”
By: Hans Themistode
WBC featherweight titlist Gary Russell Jr. has made his dislike for WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney well known. Despite being separated by two weight classes, the Maryland native has called for a showdown between the two for several months.
Both parties were reportedly never close to an actual deal materializing and the moment their contest fell apart, each side pointed a blaming finger at the other.
With their matchup off the table for the time being, Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) defended his title against former multiple division champion Yuriorkis Gamboa this past weekend. Outside of one round on one judge’s scorecards, it was a clean sweep for Haney. Following the win, the 21 year old was pleased with pitching a shutout. For Russell Jr. however, he was far from impressed.
“Devin boy, you did all this mother fucking talking and you looked like some shit,” said Russell Jr. on his social media account. “That was the most boring fight ever. I don’t know why people paid their money to see that shit. That was ridiculous. You know that was unsatisfactory. No one wanted to see that boring ass shit. You look like a professional amateur.”
Much of the feud between both Haney and Russell Jr. played out in the public eye. The 31 year old featherweight belt holder expressed his frustrations for his lack of a big fight over the years. That in turn has pushed him to step inside of the ring only once a year for the past six years. His lack of activity though, is through no fault of his own but rather because several notable fighters in his division refuse to fight him.
With no contest he believes worth his time, Russell Jr. (31-1, 18 KOs) made his interest in facing Haney known. It didn’t take long for team Haney to respond. A contract was sent to Russell Jr. soon after, but after having his legal team take a closer look, he opted against signing it.
That decision seemed to be a sagacious one, but after watching Haney in the ring this past weekend, Russell Jr. is kicking himself over his choice.
“Y’all knew exactly what y’all was doing by sending that bull shit ass term sheet over. Nobody in their right mind would have signed it but the way that this looks out, I should have signed it just to beat his mother fucking ass. If y’all had sent some correct shit, I would have put you over my knee and spank that ass.”
At the moment, Haney has turned his full attention towards a showdown with undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez. Russell Jr. on the other hand, has quietly looked into the possibility of facing off against WBC Jr lightweight champion Miguel Berchelt.
It’s unclear if either man gets the opponent they seek next. Regardless of their paths heading in different directions, Russell Jr. has no issue with changing course and facing Haney. If their contest does in fact take place, the tactics which Haney utilized against Gamboa would lead to a long night for the 21 year old.
“That shit that you was doing would never fly with a Mr. Gary Russell Jr. Jump in that water with me and you will get eaten alive.”
Devin Haney On Yuriorkis Gamboa Performance: “The Other Guys Fought Him And Look At Their Face And Look At Mines”
By: Hans Themistode
WBC lightweight titlist Devin Haney has watched his contemporaries take center stage over the last few weeks.
Last month the California native witnessed history as Teofimo Lopez outboxed Vasiliy Lomachenko to become the youngest undisputed champion of all time. Two weeks later, Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) jumped out of his seat as he watched Gervonta Davis score a one punch knockout over Leo Santa Cruz on Showtime Pay-Per-View.
With those two out of the way, the boxing world was fixated on his own lightweight contest against Yuriorkis Gamboa this past Saturday night. Haney may have won virtually every round according to the judge’s scorecards, but he left a box unchecked on the night.
“I wanted to knock him out,” said Haney to Fight Hype following his victory. “I knew that he was durable and that he would try to survive but that mother fucker is scrappy. The key was getting the knockout but it was a good experience for me.”
Haney, 21, issued threat after threat in the direction of Gamboa during much of their build up. The WBC lightweight titlist believed that his soon to be 39 year old opponent would either lose every round or succumb to a knockout loss. Although the latter never presented itself, Haney has quickly moved on from his performance.
He’ll take the win, but with other notable fights in his division, he never wanted to face Gamboa to begin with.
“I wanna make the big fights happen. Gamboa was someone to fill in the space but that’s not the fight that I want. I want to make the big fights happen.”
Throughout the 13 year career of Gamboa, the former Olympic gold medalist has fallen short on the biggest of stages. His failures however, haven’t come without clear resistance. In June of 2014, Gamboa picked up the first loss of his career against Terence Crawford but not before outboxing him during the first few rounds and rocking him several times throughout the night. Just last year, Gamboa pushed two division world titlist Gervonta Davis to the 12th round for the first time in his career before ultimately getting stopped in the final minute of their contest.
While many elite fighters have struggled with Gamboa over the years, Haney sent a message to anyone who wants to juxtapose his performance to his peers.
“The other guys fought him and look at their face and look at mines.”
In terms of what the immediate future holds for the 21 year old, that picture could become crystal clear next month. Multiple time title challenger Luke Campbell and undefeated contender Ryan Garcia meet on December 5th, with the WBC interim championship on the line. The winner of their contest promptly becomes the mandatory challenger to Haney’s title.
Regardless of those factors, Haney could care less who wins between them. At the moment, he’s turned his attention to one thing, and one thing only.
“I’m looking forward to the title holders, I want all the belts.”
Devin Haney Wins One Sided Snooze Fest Against Yuriorkis Gamboa
Devin Haney vs Yuriorkis Gamboa
It wasn’t the performance that WBC lightweight titlist Devin Haney was hoping for but the 21 year old got the job done.
In the main event slot at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) cruised to a one-sided win.
During the build up of their contest, the California native was adamant in his desire to punish Gamboa before ultimately stopping him. Yet, the soon to be 39 year proved that he was much more difficult to deal with then expected.
Still, he may not have gotten the stoppage victory but as indicated by the judges, their contest was one way traffic.
The final scorecards were as followed: 118-109 and two scores of 120-107 for the remaining two judges.
Rydell Booker vs Filip Hrgovic
Knockout win number ten in the career of Filip Hrgovic came in particularly explosive fashion.
Heavyweight journeymen in Rydell Booker (26-4, 13 KOs) came into his contest against Hrgovic (12-0, 10 KOs) with a sly smile on his face as he believed the heavyweight prospect was biting off more then he can chew. With that being said, Hrgovic wiped the smile away from his face with a one sided beating.
With four one sided rounds already in the bank, including a second round knockdown, the referee mercifully stepped in to stop their contest as a lethargic Booker sulked back to his corner following the decision.
Zhilei Zhang vs Devin Vargas
Zhilei Zhang (22-0, 17 KOs) may be long in the tooth at 37, but it appears as though he won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon. The Chinese native brought the heat right to his opponent in Devin Vargas (22-7, 9 KOs) from the opening bell.
The six feet six Zhang landed punches in bunches within the first few seconds as his opponent retreated. Although the rounds ticked by, they all looked the same as Zhang was dominant. In the fourth round however, a left, right combination ended the night as Vargas fell flat on his back. He immediately pointed to his knee as he was counted out.
With the win, promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping to match Zhang with fringe contender Dereck Chisora in 2021.
Reshat Mati vs Marcos Mojica
Make that four straight knockout wins for welterweight prospect Reshat Mati (8-0, 6 KOs). The 22 year old from Staten Island New York, wasted little time in attacking Marcos Mojica (17-6-2, 13 KOs) at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
A three punch combination from Mati was punctuated with a left hook that sent his man to the ground in the opening round. The 35 year old shrugged off the hit and climbed back to his feet and finished the round. Yet, his resiliency pushed beyond its limits in the following round as Mati landed a left uppercut that ended their contest soon after.
Raymond Ford vs Rafael Reyes
The young career of undefeated featherweight prospect Raymond Ford (7-0, 3 KOs) is going exactly how he hoped. The 21 year old made an immediate statement against fringe contender Rafael Reyes (19-11, 10 KOs) at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
After a first round knockdown, Reyes regrouped in the second. However, he once again found himself on the canvas in the third round. Although he was able to beat the count, it didn’t take long for the referee to step in and call a halt to their contest soon after.
Devin Haney On Teofimo Lopez: “He Knows That He’s Not Undisputed Without Fighting Me”
By: Hans Themistode
The fans, media and even other boxers around the world may call Teofimo Lopez an undisputed lightweight champion, but Devin Haney believes it’s all phony.
The 21 year old WBC belt holder sat in his palatial estate and watched Lopez unseat former unified champion Vasiliy Lomachenko. During much of their build up, not only was the disdain between Lopez and Lomachenko highlighted, but a specific emphasis was placed on their contest having all of the lightweight marbles on the line.
Yet, as Haney looks at himself in the mirror, he still sees an undefeated record and a world title draped over his shoulder. So while most of the world continues to call Lopez an undisputed world champion, Haney (24-0, 15 KOs) is under the impression that the road to that distinction runs through him.
“At the end of the day he said he was willing to fight me,” said Haney during a recent Zoom press conference. “He knows that he doesn’t feel right without fighting me for the real undisputed. He knows that he’s not undisputed without fighting me.”
The confusion over Lopez’s undisputed status stems from Mauricio Sulaiman, President of the WBC. Shortly after Lomachenko won the WBC title in August of 2019 against Luke Campbell, Sulaiman relieved him of his title and instead, handed him the WBC Franchise title. That in turn pushed Haney, who won the WBC interim title one month later, to full title holder.
Sulaiman would go on to say that the Franchise belt isn’t an actual belt per se, but more so a designation that is bestowed to special individual fighters who fight across multiple weight classes. The Franchise title forgoes any mandatory challengers and cannot be won in the ring.
With that being said, before Lopez vs Lomachenko took place, team Lopez petitioned to have the WBC Franchise title on the line. Sulaiman approved his petition and with the win, Lopez is now in possession of that very title.
For Haney, he has continually spoken of how he simply wants to win world titles. However, the Franchise title isn’t something he currently has his eyes on.
“I’m not interested in winning a Franchise title, that’s not something that I really want to do but I am willing to fight for all the belts against Teofimo.”
As much as Haney would love to face off against Lopez, he currently has his focus locked in on former multiple division titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa. The two are set to face off this weekend in the main event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Although he isn’t looking past the soon to be 39 year old, he does believe that he’ll pick up the win in dominant fashion.
“He’s been in there with a lot of top guys and given them the toughest fight of their careers. I’m going to go in there and beat him worst than anybody ever has.”
Predictions aren’t exactly a thing for Haney. The WBC belt holder struggles to give an exact indication as to how any of his contests will play out beforehand. But just as he’s figured out a way to win every single time he’s stepped foot inside of the ring, he believes he’ll have his hand raised against Gamboa or more importantly, Teofimo Lopez.
“I do know I would be victorious against Teofimo. I’m not sure how the fight would play out but I know that I would be victorious against him.”
Eddie Hearn: “Devin Haney Would Have Beaten Vasiliy Lomachenko”
By: Hans Themistode
From the moment Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez was made, promoter Eddie Hearn believed that their contest would be one way traffic.
It was never meant to be a slight to the boxing ability of Lopez, but more so a compliment to how great of a fighter Lomachenko is. Yet, following a timid first half, the former three division world titlist found himself digging out of a major hole during the second half of their contest. Despite his rally, his efforts were not rewarded as he lost via unanimous decision.
Even with their contest taking place several weeks ago, Hearn can’t help but poke fun at himself over his prediction.
“I rate Lomachenko so highly,” said Hearn during a recent Zoom press conference. “I think he’s a great fighter. I gave a great prediction for that Lomachenko vs Lopez fight when I said Lomachenko would win every round. How wrong was I? I woke up on Sunday and checked my phone and couldn’t believe what I saw.”
Although Hearn gives Lopez all of the credit in the world, apart of him believes that his fighter in WBC lightweight belt holder Devin Haney missed the boat. Before Lopez vs Lomachenko was ever signed, the 21 year old and his promoter threw their name into the mix for a possible showdown.
In September of 2019, Haney (24-0, 15 KOs) ran over Zaur Abdullaev to the tune of a fourth round stoppage win. The victory netted the Las Vegas, resident the WBC interim title and placed him at the head of the line for a shot at Lomachenko.
Those dreams however, were immediately crushed as President of the WBC Mauricio Sulaiman pushed Lomachenko to Franchise status. As a result, Haney was subsequently made full champion.
For Hearn, he never wanted his fighter to win his world title that way. So while he gives a round of applause to team Lopez for what they were able to accomplish, he firmly believes that Haney would have done the exact same.
“Bill Haney and Devin Haney believed that they were the one’s that could beat Lomachenko. It’s easy for me now to say yeah Devin would have done exactly what Teofimo did but on that night, I think for sure Devin Haney would have beaten Vasiliy Lomachenko.”