Devin Miles Haney (/ˈhni/; born November 17, 1998) is an American professional boxer. He is the current undisputed world champion at lightweight, having held the World Boxing Council (WBC) title since 2019 and the World Boxing Association (WBA) (Super version), International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Organization (WBO), and Ring titles since 2022. As of June 2023, he is ranked as the world's best active lightweight by ESPN and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and third by BoxRec.[4][5][6]

Devin Haney
Haney in 2021
Nickname(s)The Dream[1]
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)[2]
Reach71 in (180 cm)[3]
Born (1998-11-17) November 17, 1998 (age 24)
San Francisco, California, U.S.[1]
Boxing record
Total fights30
Wins by KO15

Early life Edit

Haney was born in San Francisco[7] and lived in Oakland, California as a child, but moved to Las Vegas with his father Bill at the age of 14.[citation needed] He started boxing at the age of seven.[8] Haney is a practicing Muslim.

Professional career Edit

On February 2, 2018, Haney was scheduled to fight Filipino Harmonito Dela Torre in an eight-round opening bout. Dela Torre had problems obtaining a visa and subsequently withdrew from the fight. Unable to find an opponent, the date was scrapped.[9]

On January 11, 2019, Haney dominated a very tough opponent in Xolisani Ndongeni on the way to a 10-round unanimous decision win.[10]

On May 25, 2019, Haney defeated Antonio Moran via a vicious seventh-round knockout, in his first match under the Matchroom banner.[11]

On September 13, 2019, Haney defeated Zaur Abdullaev (11–0) to win the vacant WBC interim lightweight title.[12]

WBC lightweight champion Edit

In October 2019, Haney became the youngest (i.e. latest-born) world champion in boxing when he was elevated as the WBC lightweight champion after previous WBC lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko was promoted to "Franchise Champion" by the WBC.[13]

Haney vs. Santiago Edit

On the undercard of KSI vs. Logan Paul II in November 2019, Haney made his first title defense against Alfredo Santiago (12–0), and won by unanimous decision. He injured his shoulder during the fight, requiring surgery that would keep him out until the summer of 2020.[14] He maintained the title "champion in recess."[15]

Haney vs. Gamboa Edit

On October 2, 2020, it was revealed that Haney would make the second defense of his WBC lightweight title against the former unified featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa, on November 7, 2020. The bout was held at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, and was broadcast by DAZN.[16][17] Most media members predicted an easy victory for the reigning champion,[18][19][20] which was reflected in the betting odds as well, with most odds-makers having Haney as a -5000 favorite.[21] Haney won the fight by a dominant unanimous decision, with two of the judges awarding him every single round of the fight, while the third judge scored it 118–109 in favor of Haney. Gamboa was deducted a point in the eleventh round for holding. Haney out-landed Gamboa 133 to 84 in total punches, and 82 to 63 in power punches landed.[22]

Haney vs. Linares Edit

In what was seen by many as Haney's toughest test of his career so far, Haney made the third defense of his WBC lightweight title against former three-weight world champion Jorge Linares on May 29, 2021.[23] He won by unanimous decision with the judges scoring the bout 116–112, 116–112, 115–113 in his favor.[24] Haney controlled the action for most of the fight, but was hurt when Linares caught him with a powerful right-left combination toward the end of the tenth round. Haney survived the final two rounds largely by tying Linares up and negating his opponent's attempts at trying to engage with him. The crowd voiced their displeasure with what they perceived as excessive clinching by booing Haney when he jumped up on the ropes in celebration immediately after the final bell, as well as booing during the announcement of the official decision.[24]

Haney vs. Diaz Edit

Joseph Diaz had been scheduled to defend his WBC interim lightweight title against Ryan García on November 27, 2021, until García withdrew from the fight due to a hand injury.[25] This led to back and forth on social media between Haney and Diaz, culminating in an official announcement on November 3 that Diaz would now be challenging for Haney's full world title on December 4, instead of defending his interim title against García.[26] On the night, Haney defeated Diaz by unanimous decision, with scores of 117–111, 117–111, 116–112 in his favor. After the fight, the victor announced his desire to face unified champion George Kambosos Jr. for all four major world titles in the lightweight division, stating, "Let's do it for all the belts. The real undisputed."[27]

Undisputed lightweight champion Edit

Haney vs. Kambosos Jr. Edit

In front of a sold-out crowd in Melbourne, Australia in June 2022, Haney defeated George Kambosos Jr. by outpointing and outboxing the Australian fighter to become the first undisputed lightweight champion in the four-belt era. The judges scored the bout 116–112, 116–112, 118–110, all in favor of Haney.[28] The deal for the fight included an automatic rematch clause which Kambosos exercised, with the rematch occurring in October 2022 in Australia.[29][30]

Haney vs. Kambosos Jr. II Edit

Devin Haney and George Kambosos Jr. met in their rematch at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia on October 16, 2022.[31] Haney defeated Kambosos via unanimous decision with the scores of 118–110 (twice) and 119–109.[32]

Haney vs. Lomachenko Edit

On March 29, 2023, it was confirmed that Haney would make a second defense of his undisputed lightweight titles against former unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko on May 20, 2023, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada, U.S.[33]

With Lomachenko coming in as the underdog for the first time in his career, much of the bout turned out to be closely contested, with both men finding success, Lomachenko scoring with clean combinations to the head, while Haney countered consistently with solid body shots. Late in the fight, Lomachenko became increasingly dominant, finding particular success in the 10th and 11th rounds. However, Haney rallied to win the final round on all three judges' scorecards.[34][35][36][37]

Ultimately, Haney won the fight and retained his world titles via unanimous decision, with scores of 116–112, 115–113 and 115–113.[38] However, the decision was greatly disputed, as many onlookers felt Lomachenko had done enough to win, including fellow boxers Shakur Stevenson and Jorge Linares, who had previously predicted a Haney victory.[39][35][40][41][42] Judge Dave Moretti's scorecard, giving round 10 to Haney despite Lomachenko dominating that round, was heavily criticised.[34][43] Others argued that as the fight had been close, a narrow result for Haney was not unreasonable.[37] Compubox punch stats suggested Haney had landed 110 of 405 punches thrown (27%), while Lomachenko landed 124 of 564 (22%), with both boxers outlanding the other in five rounds each, the other two rounds being even.[36] Lomachenko believed he had won and his team subsequently stated they would file an appeal regarding the result. Haney on his part praised Lomachenko, calling him his toughest opponent yet.[39][35]

Regardless of the result, the fight and the performances of both men were widely praised. It was described by multiple accounts as "thrilling", with Lomachenko's display against a substantially younger and larger opponent being highly lauded.[35][37] Afterwards, Haney was fined $25,000 for violently shoving Lomachenko during the weigh-in faceoffs.[44][45]

Controversy Edit

In April 2020, Haney claimed that he could beat unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko during an interview with 78SportsTV.[46] When asked if would "end the hype of Loma", Haney said, "I'll tell you this. I will never lose to a white boy in my life. I don't care what nobody got to say. Fight a white boy 10 times, I'm going to beat him 10 times." Haney was criticized for the comment. In May 2023, Haney beat Lomachenko by what most consider to be a controversial decision with some saying he got beat by a white man that night.[46][47][48] After the fight, Haney announced on Twitter, "I'm not racist and I never will be a racist. I'm chasing greatness." He also said he spoke with WBC president Mauricio Sulaimán and "confirmed to him directly my commitment to be a role model and my absolute rejection of discrimination of any kind."[49] Haney's comments were compared to Bernard Hopkins' declaration that he would "never let a white boy beat me" before his fight with Joe Calzaghe. [49]

Professional boxing record Edit

30 fights 30 wins 0 losses
By knockout 15 0
By decision 15 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
30 Win 30–0 Vasiliy Lomachenko UD 12 May 20, 2023 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles
29 Win 29–0 George Kambosos Jr. UD 12 Oct 16, 2022 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia Retained WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles
28 Win 28–0 George Kambosos Jr. UD 12 Jun 5, 2022 Docklands Stadium, Melbourne, Australia Retained WBC lightweight title;
Won WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles
27 Win 27–0 Joseph Diaz Jr. UD 12 Dec 4, 2021 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC lightweight title
26 Win 26–0 Jorge Linares UD 12 May 29, 2021 Michelob Ultra Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC lightweight title
25 Win 25–0 Yuriorkis Gamboa UD 12 Nov 7, 2020 Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S. Retained WBC lightweight title
24 Win 24–0 Alfredo Santiago UD 12 Nov 9, 2019 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retained WBC lightweight title
23 Win 23–0 Zaur Abdullaev RTD 4 (12), 3:00 Sep 13, 2019 Hulu Theater, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBC interim lightweight title
22 Win 22–0 Antonio Moran KO 7 (12), 2:32 May 25, 2019 MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S. Retained WBC International and WBO Inter-Continental lightweight titles;
Won vacant WBA International lightweight title
21 Win 21–0 Xolisani Ndongeni UD 10 Jan 11, 2019 StageWorks, Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S. Won vacant WBC International and WBO Inter-Continental lightweight titles
20 Win 20–0 Juan Carlos Burgos UD 10 Sep 28, 2018 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S. Won vacant IBF North American lightweight title
19 Win 19–0 Mason Menard RTD 9 (10), 3:00 May 11, 2018 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Won vacant USBA lightweight title
18 Win 18–0 Hamza Sempewo TKO 5 (6), 1:39 Nov 4, 2017 Buckhead Fight Club, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Enrique Tinoco UD 8 Sep 22, 2017 SugarHouse Casino, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 Miguel Angel Perez Aispuro KO 5 (8), 1:51 Jun 24, 2017 Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Hector Garcia UD 8 Apr 15, 2017 Salon Sindicato Alba Roja, Tijuana, Mexico
14 Win 14–0 Maximino Toala TKO 4 (10), 1:34 Mar 4, 2017 Salon Sindicato Alba Roja, Tijuana, Mexico Won vacant WBC Youth lightweight title
13 Win 13–0 Daniel Armando Valenzuela KO 2 (8), 0:56 Jan 28, 2017 AS Boxing Arena, Tijuana, Mexico
12 Win 12–0 Odilon Rivera Meza TKO 1 (8), 1:49 Jan 12, 2017 Escape Bar, Tijuana, Mexico
11 Win 11–0 Carlos Antonio Avila TKO 5 (6), 1:45 Oct 21, 2016 Grand Hotel, Tijuana, Mexico
10 Win 10–0 Mike Fowler TKO 5 (6), 1:19 Sep 15, 2016 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Carlos Castillo UD 6 Aug 27, 2016 The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Javier Meraz TKO 2 (6), 1:45 Aug 12, 2016 Grand Hotel, Tijuana, Mexico
7 Win 7–0 Clay Burns UD 6 Jun 25, 2016 Belle of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Jairo Fernandez Vargas TKO 4 (6), 1:34 May 21, 2016 Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Rafael Vazquez UD 4 Apr 9, 2016 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Roman Melendez TKO 1 (6), 2:26 Mar 19, 2016 Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico
3 Win 3–0 Jorge Edgar Sillas UD 6 Feb 20, 2016 Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico
2 Win 2–0 Jose Iniguez TKO 1 (4), 1:36 Dec 18, 2015 Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico
1 Win 1–0 Gonzalo Lopez TKO 1 (4), 0:33 Dec 11, 2015 Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico

See also Edit

References Edit

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