Devin Haney: ‘The Fans Know I’m The Real WBC Champion’

Devin Haney believes fans recognize him as the true WBC Lightweight Champion.

The state of the WBC Lightweight gold is confusing to some fight fans. Haney has the standard WBC gold but Teofimo Lopez is the “Franchise” titleholder. Lopez has referred to Haney as an “email champion” but “The Dream” feels true boxing aficionados know he’s a true champion.

Behind The Gloves caught up with Haney, who expressed his belief that there can be no undisputed champion at 135 pounds unless Lopez faces him (via

“I just feel like I’m getting ducked. They’re showing me that they’re not quick to call me out. If guys were quick to say, ‘Give me Haney,’ then I would feel like I got to prove something … The fans know I’m the real WBC champion, and if you want the real undisputed champion and you want the world not to question you because that’s what it’s about.

“I still feel like I have to prove something, but I feel like I would have to prove something more. The only guy that has been calling my name out is Rolly [Rolando Romero], and what do I have to gain from Rolly?”

Haney has been looking for bouts against Lopez and interim WBC Lightweight Champion Ryan Garcia. With Lopez likely meeting George Kambosos and Garcia turning his attention to Gervonta Davis and Manny Pacquiao, Haney could be targeting a clash with Javier Fortuna. Haney’s last bout took place back in November 2020 when he defeated Yuriorkis Gamboa via unanimous decision.

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