Undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) was arrested early Thursday morning due to the presence of a handgun found in his car during a traffic stop. TMZ reports that he was at Catch L.A. late Wednesday night. He left the area around midnight and was pulled aside for failing to use a turn signal and performing an unsafe lane change.
According to law enforcement, Haney was not driving the car. The person who was, however, informed the police that there was a firearm in the vehicle. Haney and his entourage were then told to exit the car. A search was then conducted during which a handgun was found underneath the driver’s seat.
No one took ownership of the handgun when it was discovered. Since the car was registered under Haney’s name, he was arrested and booked for felony possession of a concealed weapon. According to jail records, he was released at 8:12 a.m. on Thursday on $35,000 bail. He is expected to appear in court for a hearing sometime next month.
“It’s a misunderstanding that will be solved when Devin goes to court,” said Bill Haney, Devin’s father, manager, and trainer, to ESPN. “It’s unfortunate that he was arrested with his armed licensed security, and I’m confident things are going to be worked out.”
Haney’s year so far
On May 20, Haney faced three division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko in a clash that had the undisputed lightweight championship at stake. Haney successfully defended his titles via a close unanimous decision. Following the win, many began to wonder what direction he would go in. Would he remain at lightweight and fight the remaining contenders at the weight or move up? More recently, Teófimo López announced that he was retaining his super lightweight title and proceeded to call out Haney.
For now, Haney remains out on bail and will have to make an appearance in court sometime next month.