Devin Haney Discusses His Future At 135 And Beyond
At 21, Devin Haney has taken over the boxing world. The WBC Lightweight Champion has made quick work of every opponent that has been put in front of him. What is next for “The Dream”, who is considered the future of the sport? If Haney had his way, a new path to glory.
Speaking With Chris Algieri on “The Rounds” podcast, Haney (24-0) talked about his future goals. As he continues to improve, his body will need to adapt to his style and stature. The lightweight division may not be in his future for long.
“Honestly, I don’t know how much longer I will be at 135,” Haney stated, via Boxing Scene. “As long as I’m here, you know, I wanna make [as many of] the biggest fights happen as possible. If I can’t make the big fights happen at 135, then I’ll look to go up to 140. But hopefully, I can stay at 135 for about maybe, at the most, maybe a year. That would be, you know, perfect for me. But if not, then, you know, I’ll move up to 140.”
Haney won the interim WBC Lightweight Title against Zaur Abdullaev in September. Promoted to undisputed champion, he beat Alfredo Santiago in November to retain the title. Sidelined by a shoulder injury after, Haney was named “champion in recess” by the WBC before later being reinstated. Currently, there is a plan in place for Haney to face a mandatory challenger, before fighting the winner of the interim WBC Lightweight Title fight between Javier Fortuna and Luke Campbell.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Haney has not been able to defend his title. He is hoping to be ready even with all the time away. Listening to a new mentor, Haney may end up training to go far and beyond the lightweight division.
“I see myself, you know, going up to maybe about 154,” Haney went on to say. “Floyd [Mayweather] thinks that I’m gonna be a 160-pounder, but I don’t know. That’s gonna be kinda tough.”
Recently, Haney was seen training with Floyd Mayweather in the latter’s gym. Looking to become a trainer like his uncle Roger, Floyd was showing Haney the ropes. While he won’t be teaming up with him soon, Haney stated that anything is possible.