Three Potential Fights For Devin Haney
Devin Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) claimed a unanimous decision victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko (17-3, KOs) Saturday night in Las Vegas, where he retained his status as undisputed lightweight champion. It was the second successful defense of all his titles, which came after he defeated George Kambosos Jr. just under a year ago in Australia. The fight with Lomachenko was the third and final bout on Haney’s contract with Top Rank.
As such, Haney is now free to pursue any fight with any promotion he desires. Big Fight Weekend presents three potential fights we could see Haney in when he returns:
A title fight at 140
After having an undisputed champion for a brief period, the super lightweight titles have now scattered. Currently, Josh Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs) continues to hold the WBO title and will defend it against Teofimo Lopez on June 10. More recently, Rolando Romero (15-1, 13 KOs) controversially claimed the WBA title. Regis Prograis (28-1, 24 KOs) holds the WBC belt and is scheduled to defend it on June 17 in his hometown of New Orleans against a late replacement opponent Daniel Zorilla.
The IBF junior welterweight title is currently in the hands of Puerto Rico’s Subriel Matias (19-1, KOs). It would be very interesting to see how Haney would perform at 140 and whether he can claim a title at a second weight class?
Given his free agency, he could pursue a bout with any of them.
Shakur Stevenson (20-0, 10 KOs) was ringside on Saturday night and has been calling for a fight with Haney. Stevenson made his lightweight debut in April with a sixth round TKO over Shuichiro Yoshino. To make this fight, Haney would have to re-sign with Top Rank as they promote Stevenson. He would also have to remain at lightweight should it take place. This would be an attractive fight as both are considered to be among the best fighters at this weight class. More importantly, Top Rank appear keen to make it happen.
Haney has spoken about a potential matchup between himself and Gervonta Davis (29-0, 27 KOs). This would be a big money fight and presumably easy to make given Haney’s free agent status. Davis began the year with a TKO victory over Hector Garcia at lightweight before following it up with a seventh round KO against Ryan Garcia at a 136-lb catchweight. Should he be looking to have a third fight this year, Haney would be willing to pursue it.