Eddie Hearn: “No Disrespect To Rolly But, I Just Don’t Think That’s A Difficult Fight For Devin Haney”
By: Hans Themistode
Fans have undoubtedly enjoyed the nonstop trash talk between WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney, and former WBA interim titlist, Rolando “Rolly” Romero.
While Rolly has insisted that Haney is his “daughter” and he’ll baby him in the ring, Haney has responded by calling the skills of Rolly “trash.” Rather than continue to go back forth through social media, both fighters have expressed a willingness to put the phones down, pick up the gloves and settle things in the ring.
Eddie Hearn, former promoter Haney, believes that with everything that’s been said, a matchup between the pair would bring a ton of eyeballs to the television screen.
“I think that’s a fight that would have a lot of juice in it,” said Hearn on the Ak and Barak Show. “I think it’s a fight that would have a lot of beef in it. Therefore, it’s a fight that makes sense.”
With the WBA sanctioning body pushing forward to remove all interim titleholders across all weight classes, Rolly, subsequently, saw his year and a half-title reign come to an end. Recently, the Las Vegas, Nevada resident picked up a knockout victory over Anthony Yigit earlier this year in mid-July.
As for Haney, he’s continued to laugh at the mere thought that a matchup between himself and Rolly would be anything other than one-sided. Coming off the biggest win of his career, a unanimous decision victory over former multiple division titlist Jorge Linares earlier this year, Haney is currently sifting through his options.
Just over a month ago, former 130-pound champion Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, successfully moved up in weight to take on Javier Fortuna. With the win, Diaz snagged the WBC interim title and is now the mandatory challenger to Haney and his full championship status. Since pulling off the win, Hearn has extended his hand in the direction of Diaz, in the hopes of lining up a showdown between him and Haney.
Although a contest between the WBC lightweight titlist and Rolly is the sexier matchup on paper, Hearn simply isn’t convinced that it would be competitive.
“I must say that the target remains JoJo Diaz for November for Devin Haney. That’s the fight we want to make because that’s a real fight. No disrespect to Rolly but, I just don’t think that’s a difficult fight for Devin Haney.”
Rolando “Rolly” Romero: “Devin Haney Is A Waste Of Time, I Want Gervonta Davis”
By: Hans Themistode
There is absolutely no love lost between Devin Haney and Rolando Romero.
The two have been seen on numerous occasions going back and forth on social media exchanging insults. Recently, Haney, the WBC lightweight champion, posted a video of himself on his Instagram account next to a pile of trash. The 22-year-old then proceeded to ruffle through the garbage while calling Romero’s name, insinuating that his long-time rival is an awful boxer.
Romero has since retaliated, calling Haney his daughter.
At one point, Romero wanted nothing more than to settle his beef with Haney in the ring. However, after taking a bit of time to look over his options, the 25-year-old WBA “Regular” titlist has someone else in mind.
“Devin Haney is a waste of time,” said Romero during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “I want Gervonta Davis.”
Romero’s lack of interest in facing Haney, ultimately comes down to his fighting style. When juxtaposed next to Davis, the two approach the sport in vastly different ways.
In the case of Haney, the Las Vegas, Nevada resident has a tendency to outbox his opponents and take the safe approach. As for Davis, the three-division world champion has left virtually none of his contests in the hands in the hands of the judges.
Considering Romero’s own knockout power, a matchup between himself and Davis simply screams fireworks. That, and the long list of accomplishments he has under his belts, make him a much more intriguing opponent.
“Which one is the more entertaining fight? Which one is the more explosive fight? Which one is the more accomplished champion? I go after big fish, I don’t go after email champs. He’s a bum with no chin.”
In Haney’s most recent trip to the ring, the 22-year-old picked up a win against the highly-skilled, former multiple division titlist, Jorge Linares. While Haney was ecstatic to pick up the win, the manner in which he snagged victory has been heavily criticized.
After outboxing Linares early on, Haney was rocked by his man at the tail end of the tenth round. A visibly shaken Haney then opted to avoid long exchanges and instead, spent the remainder of their contest attempting to hold.
Although Linares is mostly lauded in boxing circles, in the mind of Romero, he’s nothing more than a past his prime older fighter.
“He got hurt by Linares, a frail ass fighter.”