Unbeaten WBC Lightweight Champion, Devin “The Dream” Haney experienced the high of a title defense victory last month in Los Angeles over Alfredo Santiago. However, he now has a low, as he also suffered an injury in that fight that will sideline him at least through the middle of next year.
Haney, his promotional team and Matchroom Boxing gave a statement update and photos Friday afternoon on his recent surgery in Los Angeles to repair his right shoulder.
Haney through a spokesperson revealed when he suffered a slight tear of the labrum in the right shoulder in the fight with Santiago and had these quotes,
“In my last fight with Alfredo Santiago, my right shoulder came completely out of the socket in the 12th round,” said Devin. Haney. “I stayed focused and showed the grit of a true champion. I’m very happy with my performance considering the injury. I’m the youngest world champion in the last 23 years.
Unfortunately, my injury required that I have surgery, but I’m happy I went with Dr. Neal El Attrache, who in my opinion is the best surgeon in the world with these types of injuries. His resumé speaks for itself and the procedure was a success. Right now, I’m all about healing so I can get back in the ring as soon as possible.”
Haney, 24 – 0, 15 KOs won by unanimous decision is looking to get in the mix down the road for a possible fight with Unified Lightweight Champion, and arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Vasiliy Lomachenko.
As the statement pointed out, Haney was going to fight number one WBC Contender Javier Fortuna, but that fight is on hold indefinitely, as he may miss six months or more with the surgery. The WBC will apparently have Fortuna fight former world champ, Luke Campbell of England at a later date for the interim title.