Devin Haney Says He’ll Move Up To 140 If He Can’t Get A Big Fight
Devin Haney is getting tired of waiting around.
Haney is the WBC Lightweight Champion. Despite this, he hasn’t gotten the big bouts he wants. WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, The Ring, and WBC (Franchise) Champion Teofimo Lopez has been calling for a bout with Haney. Lopez has even gone as far as to say Haney is “pissing me off.”
During an interview with ESPN, Haney said that if he can’t get a big fight at 135 pounds, then he’ll move up to the light-welterweight division.
“The main fight I want to be made is with Teofimo Lopez for all the belts, for the real undisputed king. 135 is not easy for me to make at all. I’ve been saying this for a while now. It’s hard to make weight, but for these big fights I’ll sacrifice and stay there. But if I can’t get a big fight with one of the other three [Lopez, Davis, Garcia], I’ll go to 140.”
Haney was last seen in action back in November 2020. He successfully defended the WBC Lightweight Championship against Yuriorkis Gamboa. It was Haney’s second successful title defense.
Ryan Garcia recently captured the interim WBC Lightweight Title. While the WBC plans to order Haney vs. Garcia, Garcia’s sights are set on WBA (Regular) Lightweight Champion Gervonta Davis. Haney told ESPN that he isn’t surprised that Garcia is going in a different direction.
“It didn’t surprise me. I knew that he really didn’t want to fight me and he wasn’t going to fight me. I knew that he would go a different direction than fighting me.”